► New Aston Vanquish Vision Concept
► Shock mid-engined supercar
► On sale in 2022 with in-house V6 power
You’re looking at one of the likely show-stoppers at the 2019 Geneva motor show: the drop-dead gorgeous Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept, a close-to-production look ahead to the first mid-engined supercar from the storied British brand.
That’s right: Aston is entering the sector previously dominated by the Italians with the Ferrari 488 and Huracan, and latterly McLaren with the 720S.
The Aston Martin Vanquish will rely on a bonded aluminium structure and spearheads the company’s downsizing move with a new V6 engine that's going to be built in-house. Yes, Aston is building its own engines, rather than relying on technical partner Mercedes-AMG for this one.
Aston Martin Vanquish becomes mid-engined
It won’t have escaped your attention that the Vanquish nameplate was previously reserved for big-bruiser, front-engined GTs. Now it’s confirmed for the series production British supercar.
That engine mounted amidships will be a V6, the company has confirmed. No power or torque figures are available yet, but we know the powerplant will be twin-turbocharged. It’s the same V6 that you’ll find in the separate Project 003 hypercar, where it is twinned with an electric hybrid set-up.
Aston Martin is not making any claims for the performance and acceleration yet, but if it’s aiming for Ferrari/Lambo/McLaren specs it seems likely to be producing in excess of 600bhp with 200mph capability a given. Only the rear wheels will be driven.
Sounds awesome! When can I buy the new mid-engined Aston Martin Vanquish?
The car at Geneva is a concept car wearing the ‘Vision’ name, but the good news is it’s a harbinger of a production car looking remarkably similar, according to the designers who reference the ‘classical, more flowing and sensuous’ forms compared with some of the more brutal offerings by rivals.
Aston Martin has confirmed production will start in 2022. It’s too early to call likely prices, but we’d wager the new 2022 Vanquish will cost around the £200,000 ballpark.
The business plan behind going mid-engined
Aston Martin has hitherto been known for its front-engined GTs, but the move to offer mid-engined sports cars too is a clever strategic move by Gaydon. Along with the Project 003 hypercar, also shown in Geneva, Aston will overnight set up shop slap bang in Modenese territory.
It’s all part of CEO Andy Palmer’s very Ronseal-sounding Second Century Plan, which aims to secure Aston’s future now it’s a publicly listed company.
‘Our first series production mid-engined will be a transformational moment for the brand, for it is the car that will propel Aston Martin into a sector of the market traditionally seen as the heartland of luxury sports cars.’
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