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.
Aston is entering the sector previously dominated by the Italians with the Ferrari 488 and Lamborghini 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 instead of relying on technical partner Mercedes-AMG.
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. It's now been confirmed that the supercar will be a V6 mid-engine. We know that the power plant will be a twin-turbocharged engine. Aston Martin is not making any claims for the performance and acceleration yet however we believe it's aiming to be producing in excess of 600bhp with 200mph capability.
WHEN WILL THE SUPERCAR BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
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 British designers.
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 THE MOVE TOWARDS MID-ENGINED
Aston Martin has been known for its front-engined GT's, but the move to offer mid-engined sports cars too is a clever strategic move by Aston Martin. It's all part of CEO Andy Palmer's 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." CEO Andy Palmer