Would You Rather: Aston Martin Vantage GT8 or Porsche 911 GT3 RS

In the last Would You Rather, we saw the all-new Aston Martin DB11 take a decisive three-to-one victory over the Bentley Continental GT Speed, and most you, our readers, told us on our Facebook page that you would also choose the DB11 for your garages. Today’s contest features another new Aston going up against a well-established rival.

With its timeless looks, it’s hard to believe the Aston Martin Vantage has been with us for over ten years, but before its turbocharged replacement arrives, Gaydon is sending it off with the GT8, a new track biased variant inspired by Aston’s Le Mans GT racers. Porsche is another company that knows a thing or two about Le Mans, and the GT8 will have to be quite a car if it wants to show up the 911 GT RS.


LOOKS: The GT8’s appearance draws clear inspiration from Aston Martin’s GTE-class race car, right down to the aero package and day-glo green paint work.

LOOKS: Like the Aston, the GT3 RS is bears a strong resemblance to its racing counterpart, but the 991 iteration loses the controversial decals of previous RSs.

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LOOKS: It would be difficult to miss either car, but the Porsche’s purposeful aggression trumps the Aston’s look-at-me presence.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8: 0

Porsche 911 GT3 RS: 1


ENGINE: The Vantage’s 4.7-liter V8 has come in for a few upgrades for the GT8 and now produces 446 horsepower. The new titanium exhaust should also make it sound even better.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8. April 2016 Photo: Drew Gibson

ENGINE: Porsche’s GT cars will soon be the only normally aspirated cars in its lineup, and the GT3 RS keeps the flame alive with a howling 4.0-liter flat-six producing an even 500 horsepower.

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ENGINE: We salute both for sticking with a normally aspirated engine, but the Porsche’s incredible flat-six earns it another point.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8: 0

Porsche 911 GT3 RS: 2


TRANSMISSION: In an age of disappearing manual transmissions, Aston Martin kindly offers the GT8 with both a paddle operated seven-speed and a six-speed manual.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8. April 2016 Photo: Drew Gibson

TRANSMISSION: The Porsche’s seven-speed PDK is incredibly fast and easy to use, but the lack of a manual option is a drawback for traditionalists who like to shift their own gears.

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TRANSMISSION: The lack of a manual option is such an achilles heel for the GTS RS that Porsche is bringing it back for the next generation of GT3s.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8: 1

Porsche 911 GT3 RS: 2


PERFORMANCE: Aston hasn’t announced any specifics on the GT8’s performance yet, but even with air conditioning and a full audio system, it’s 220 lighter than a standard Vantage V8. Impressive.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8. April 2016 Photo: Drew Gibson

PERFORMANCE: All you need to know here is that the GT3 RS laps the Nürburgring Nordschleife in 7-minutes and 20-seconds, which is ridiculously fast.

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PERFORMANCE: We may not know for certain yet, but if the GT8 is faster around the ‘Ring than the GT3 RS, I’ll eat my television remote.

Aston Martin Vantage GT8: 1

Porsche 911 GT3 RS: 3


It was a tall ask for the Aston, but not surprisingly, the Porsche takes this week’s Would You Rather.

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