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    • The 2019 Aston Martin Vantage takes on the Mercedes-AMG GT C and Porsche 991.2 GT3 in a comparison test

      While this is a very cool comparison test by Car and Driver the choice of the GT3 is a mistake. Why? Because the 911 in the comparison should be the 911 GTS. The GT3 while fitting in by the nature of its price is more raw and a race car facsimile than the others.


      The Aston Martin and AMG GT C are softer, heavier, and more about touring. The 911 GTS is the match here, not the GT3. Not to mention the GTS has a turbo power plant more inline with the character of the competition.

      Regardless, the GT3 is the best car of the trio. It is not the fastest. It is the most fun to drive. That was obvious from the beginning. You would need a Mercedes-AMG GT R in this comparison in order to better fit the character of the GT3. The GT3 being a manual example only reinforces how different its nature is.

      What is surprising is how the Aston Martin underachieves. We were led to believe it would be lighter and the automatic transmission would be just as capable. False. It weighs 3726 pounds and trails the AMG GT C to 160 by almost 5 seconds. The 123 mile per hour trap speed, while respectable, does not even stand up to a standard AMG GT S.

      The Aston has more weight on the nose, handles worse, and just is nowhere near as sharp as the AMG GT C. If you are into performance, it's AMG GT all day, every day. Aston Martin made a mistake with the automatic choice but apparently they believe it better matches their custom base. Apparently they feel their custom base is delicate.

      Oddly enough the GT3 gets the most points for ride quality. Porsche simply does a fantastic job with the adjustable PASM. This despite the GT3 easily besting the other two cars in each handling test.

      The GT3 only loses in a straight line due to being a manual and not PDK. It would be nice to see how a PDK 991.2 GT3 stacks up to these two but the GT C is the acceleration champ with an 11.4 @ 128 1/4 mile sprint.

      Car and Driver chooses the GT3. Duh. It's easily the best sports car and most involving. Once again though, that is not the GT C and Vantage audience. A PDK 911 GTS would be more fitting. It also would likely still win while putting up better acceleration numbers while being more comfortable.




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        Blown6 -
        Bad performance for the GT3, on par with a Carrera S, thought they were quicker ....
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Blown6 Click here to enlarge
        Bad performance for the GT3, on par with a Carrera S, thought they were quicker ....
        It's not bad performance. It's a 6-speed manual and not a PDK. That's all.