ASTON MARTIN’S NEXT VANQUISH WILL BE A 700-HP MID-ENGINE SUPERCAR
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Aston Martin’s next Vanquish will be a mid-engine supercar targeting the defining dream machines of the moment — cars such as the Ferrari F8 Tributo, Lamborghini’s Huracán replacement, and the McLaren 720S and 765LT. Previewed by a concept car at the 2019 Geneva auto show, the Vanquish should start in the range of $300,000 or AED1.1 M when it arrives in 2023.
Insiders say the Vanquish uses a version of the new hybrid engine that Aston Martin is developing internally, combining a turbocharged V-6 with a generous level of electric assistance. A hybrid six in this sector is risky, so don’t expect the company to take any chances with output, which will exceed 700 horsepower. Underneath the shapely body will be a bonded-aluminum spaceframe similar to what’s under the brand’s existing models but with the order of passengers and engine reversed.
Aston Martin sees the Vanquish as a way to broaden the brand’s appeal as demand for its traditional front-engine models falters. The Vanquish takes inspiration from the Valkyrie and Valhalla, which are being co-engineered with Red Bull Racing, but Aston Martin is developing the Vanquish alone.
The DBX SUV will have to be an immediate success for the Vanquish’s development to go much further, and the mid-engine triumvirate of Valhalla, Valkyrie, and Vanquish is sure to generate lots of interest among car enthusiasts.
- May 14, 2020