We know a lot of you have been eagerly awaiting the first images of the brand new Hot Wheels Aston Martin Vantage GT3. After all, the Hot Wheels/Aston Martin marriage of late has been a good one. The DBS is a fan favorite, and the DB5 released last year may be one of the best and most accurate castings Hot Wheels has released in years. So, it was not a surprise that there has been a lot of excitement about the Vantage GT3.
But there was reason to worry too. It was those three letters at the end. G...T...3. For car fans, "GT3" means this:
Take the street version of a car, add some bells and whistles to make it track ready. Well, Hot Wheels agrees. Cars have to be track ready. Only they mean "orange track" ready. And that means this:
Oh no. Track ready in Hot Wheels Land means exaggerated rear wheels and yes, that up-sloped chin. The same thing attacked a Lotus Evora GT4, a BMW E36 M3, a Viper SRT, and most recently a Corvette C7.R. Well Aston Martin could not escape.
If you love the signature front grill of any Aston Martin, we warn you to proceed with caution before viewing the next photo:
Or all these:
Obviously, these are being done on purpose, to make these Hot Wheels replicas of track cars actual Hot Wheels track cars, and yes, obviously the carmakers approved of those designs. If it works for Mattel, we can't argue with that.
But from a collector standpoint, ouch. These are bad. Sorry we had to break the bad news...