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Aston Martin has released the first images of the new limited-run Vantage GT12 on Aussie soil, taken at Queensland Raceway.

The predominantly white vehicle in the photos is the first of three GT12s coming down under, and the only one to be delivered in the sunshine state.

Powered by a tweaked version of the 6.0-litre V12 from the already manic V12 Vantage, the Vantage GT12 generates 441kW and 625Nm, which is enough to propel the road racer from 0 to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds.

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The GT12’s top speed is significantly lower than its ‘regular’ counterpart, quoted at 298km/h – well short of the 330km/h capable V12 Vantage.

Kevin Wall, regional manager for Aston Martin, said today  that the GT12 “represents the core elements of the Vantage: ultimate handling on the road and unmatched performance on the track”.

The manufacturer says the GT12 embodies Aston’s extensive history in motorsport.

The car has been extensively restyled and reengineered from the donor car, featuring new flared carbon fibre front wings, carbon fibre bonnet and the massive rear spoiler.

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Originally planned to be named the Vantage GT3, Aston Martin was forced to rename the limited-edition car after objections were raised by Porsche.

The Vantage GT12’s production is limited to 100 units, and has already sold out.

Aston Martin has not revealed the price paid for the GT12 by the trio of Australian buyers, however it was believed to be around $650,000 at the time of launch.

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