• Watch out Ferrari and McLaren, the mid-engined Aston Martin Vanquish is coming for you!

Mid-engined concept previews competitor for the F8 Tributo and 720S

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Aston Martin took the 2019 Geneva Motor Show by storm with no fewer than three concept vehicles, one of which is the Vanquish Vision Concept. Displayed alongside the AM-RB 003 and the Lagonda All-Terrain, the Vanquish Vision Concept previews an upcoming supercar.

Although the Vanquish nameplate is traditionally reserved for the company’s flagship grand tourer, the Brits are now using it for a supercar. That’s also because the GT was renamed the DBS Superleggera following its redesign. Details are slim as of this writing, but let’s see what we can expect from this high-performance coupe.

What is it?

The Vanquish will become the company's entry-level supercar

The Vanquish Vision Concept borrows heavily from the Valkyrie in the design department. Although it’s not as aggressive, it has a sleek profile and both the nose and headlamps are inspired by the Valkyrie. The canopy-style roof and the deeply carved side skirts are also reminiscent of the hypercar. The rear section is much simpler and traditional though. There’s no rear wing and the fascia resembles production Aston Martin’s save for the high-mounted exhaust pipes. The rear bumper is just a massive diffuser.

The Vanquish will become the company’s entry-level supercar. The AM-RB 003 is set to become a more practical and road-friendly version of the Valkyrie and the Vanquish will slot right below that. It will feature technologies and concepts pioneered by the Valkyrie, so it will be as light as possible and boast groundbreaking aerodynamic efficiency.

Aluminum instead of carbon-fiber

Watch out Ferrari and McLaren, the mid-engined Aston Martin Vanquish is coming for you!
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While the Valkyrie is a carbon-fiber track monster, the Vanquish will feature a bespoke bonded alumunum chassis. The "downgrade" is part of Aston Martin’s strategy to make this supercar more affordable and accessible to the masses. Aston Martin is reportedly working on this concept since 2017, so it should have had enough time to develop an aluminum platform that’s light enough to tackle the competition.

Powered by a new engine

Watch out Ferrari and McLaren, the mid-engined Aston Martin Vanquish is coming for you!
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The upcoming Vanquish will be one of the cars that marks Aston Martin’s departure from traditional V-12 powerplant and even the turbocharged V-8. This supercar will be powered by a new V-6 engine of unknown specification and output. Aston Martin did say that the V-6 will be turbocharged and that it will debut in the production version of the AM-RB 003 in conjunction with an electric motor. The Vanquish won’t be a hybrid at first, but it will probably make the transition to electrification later in its life.

Where does it fit on the market?

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The upcoming Vanquish will most likely tackle supercars like the McLaren 720S, Ferrari F8 Tributo

Based on its looks, size, and drivetrain, the upcoming Vanquish will most likely tackle supercars like the McLaren 720S, Ferrari F8 Tributo (which recently replaced the 488 GTB), and the Lamborghini Huracan. Both the Ferrari and the McLaren have in excess of 700 horsepower, so Aston Martin will aim for a similar output. The Vanquish could do with around 650 horses as well, but it probably won’t match the 720S’ tremendous power-to-weight ratio. While the Vanquish will have an aluminum chassis, the McLaren features a lighter carbon-fiber tub.

Expect the Vanquish to be able to hit 60 mph from a standing start in less than three seconds at top out at more than 210 mph. The supercar will cost well in excess of $250,000, but it could surpass the $300,000 mark given that Aston Martins are usually a bit more expensive than the competition.

Further reading

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S.

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In an unprecedented show of force, Aston Martin has chosen the 89th Geneva Motor Show to complete a trio of world debuts with the first glimpse of the breathtaking Vanquish Vision Concept.

A tantalising preview of Aston Martin’s first series production mid-engined supercar, the Vanquish Vision Concept showcases the design language of the marque’s most ambitious model, taking centre stage today alongside AM-RB 003 – the marque’s third mid-engined hypercar - and the Lagonda All-Terrain Concept.

Reviving an iconic nameplate traditionally reserved for Aston Martin’s flagship production model, the advanced design study provides further evidence of the proudly British brand’s intent to compete in one of the most hotly contested market sectors in the automotive world - one traditionally defined by Italian supercar makers – with this Gaydon built offering.

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, said: “Firstly, what a pleasure to revive the Vanquish name. Synonymous with our series production flagships, it felt entirely appropriate to attach it to such a significant car. The Vanquish Vision Concept marks another pivotal moment in Aston Martin’s history, and another critical step in delivering the Second Century Plan. Our first series production rear mid-engined supercar 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.”

Like AM-RB 003, the Vanquish Vision Concept benefits from further crystallisation of the philosophy pioneered in the Aston Martin Valkyrie and distilled into AM-RB 003, with the pursuit of weight, packaging and aerodynamic efficiency informing every aspect of the design and engineering.

Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin Director of Design said: “The Vanquish Vision Concept has a more seductive and less technical appearance than Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003, but it’s still extreme in terms of visual gestures. For example, it has a very distinctive clamshell front fender, with openings so you can see through onto the tyre. There’s less of the negative space that defines the look of the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003. It’s a prettier car, and purposely so, as it’s been designed to thrive in a less extreme performance envelope. But, while being very much at home on the road, it will still be equally capable when chasing lap times on a race track. As a result, it’s less provocative and more classical in its look. Its beauty comes from a shift in emphasis from the aggressive, function driven surfaces of Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 to more flowing and sensuous forms, while retaining a resolute athleticism and modernity: critical qualities in expressing the distinct character and capabilities of what will be Aston Martin’s first mid-engined series production supercar.”

Detailed technical information will be revealed as the development programme advances, but two items of high level information can be disclosed; the first being confirmation the production version of Vanquish Vision Concept will feature a version of Aston Martin’s new V6: the engine that will make its debut in AM-RB 003 in hybrid turbo form.

Secondly, in a departure from the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003’s all-carbon fibre construction, the Vanquish Vision Concept features a bespoke bonded aluminium chassis, developed under the guidance of mid-engined specialist and Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj. As established automotive world leaders in bonded aluminium structures, Aston Martin is perfectly placed to demonstrate the cost, speed of production and weight vs strength advantages of this technology.

As with all Aston Martin products, the Vanquish Vision Concept will undergo a rigorous development process as it nears its final production specification, utilising the experience of handling gurus Matt Becker and Chris Goodwin.

Max Szwaj, Chief Technical Officer, said: “The Vanquish Vision Concept is the point when the things we have learned during the Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 programmes reach the series production models. Creating a car like this for Aston Martin is a challenge I have relished since joining back in 2017. Although it takes Aston Martin into new territory, it does so with the benefit of hard-won knowledge, ground-breaking ideas and an uncompromising mindset. The full engineering story of this car is yet to be told, but what you see here should tell you this car will not only compete at the highest level, but it will do so in a manner and style unique to Aston Martin.”

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