“GT3″ is a category of race car established by the FIA. You know this; we know this; conventional wisdom suggests that Porsche knows this.
Yet, as Jalopnik reports, the German sportscar manufacturer threatened Aston Martin with a lawsuit over its use of the name “Aston Martin Vantage GT3.”
The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 – err, “GT12,” as it’s now called – is a hardcore variant of the V12 Vantage that’s been honed for the track with a weight reduction, suspension revamp, new aerodynamics: the whole shebang. Indeed, it’s pretty much precisely what Porsche does (and has always done) to make the Porsche 911 GT3.
But then, that’s hardly a trademark specific to the German automaker; Bentley has the Continental GT3-R; years before that, Lotus had the Espirit GT3. So, it makes little sense for Porsche to make a fuss about any other automaker tagging the FIA race car categorization onto the end of a road car’s name, and we have to wonder what they’re afraid of anyway.
Aston Martin is even going a step further, naming all of its GT3 race cars to match the road car: GT12. We don’t think they should have to. We’ll continue to call it the Aston Martin Vantage GT3, and we think you should, too.
Say it with us now: “Aston Martin Vantage GT3.” Doesn’t that just feel right?