Aston Martin is mulling the possibility of making a lighter and more hardcore version of its V12 Vantage S.
While the company hasn’t announced official plans for the project, product development director Ian Minards says sucking 100 kg (220 lbs) out of the car would be relatively easy. That could be achieved by removing air conditioning, using lightweight seats and generally cutting back on interior content.
Currently, the 5.9-liter V12 makes 565 hp, but Aston Martin can still milk more out of the mill.
“We could get more power than we have now even if we made the engine smaller to help with economy and emissions,” CEO Ulrich Bez said to AutoCar. If the company decides to build a lighter, more powerful version, it could easily achieve a better power-to-weight ratio than the Porsche 911 GT3, instead stacking up to the Ferrari 458.
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