Aston Martin is toying around with the idea of a road-going GT3 version of the V12 Vantage S.

The more extreme derivative could follow the familiar recipe consisting of more power wrapped around in a lighter package. The current V12 Vantage S tips the scales at 1,665 kg (3,670 lbs) but according to engineering boss Ian Minards "it would be relatively easy to lose 100 kg" by simplifying the cabin, installing lightweight seats and removing the air conditioning system. The diet could also consist of mounting lightweight magnesium wheels and carbon fiber body parts.

Aside from losing weight, the supercar's V12 6.0-liter engine could be massaged to produce at least 600 HP (441 kW), up from the series 573 HP (421 kW). These changes will surely reduce the car's current 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 3.9 seconds while the top speed will probably be lowered a bit from 205 mph (330 km/h) because of the drag of a high-downforce bodywork (which will include a rear wing) and also due to a shorter gearing.

Gallery: Aston Martin V12 Vantage S GT3 planned

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