The Ferrari F8 Tributo and McLaren 720S are about to get a new rival from Aston Martin.
Aston Martin has arguably stolen the show at Geneva this year, with the unveiling of not one, not two, but three crowd-pleasing concept cars. The Lagonda All-Terrain Concept previews the automaker's upcoming luxury SUV, while the AM-RB 003 gives us a taste of Aston Martin's third mid-engined hypercar. We already knew these two models would be revealed at the show, but Aston Martin also revealed a surprise new concept car that revives the iconic Vanquish name. Dubbed the Vanquish Vision, the new concept provides a preview of Aston Martin's first series production mid-engined supercar positioned below the Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 hypercars that will rival the Ferrari F8 Tributo and McLaren 720S.
"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," said Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO.
"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."
Aston Martin says the Vanquish Vision Concept continues 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".
Technical details are scarce, but Aston Martin has confirmed the production version of Vanquish Vision Concept will feature a version of the automaker's new V6, which will debut in the AM-RB 003 in hybrid turbo form. In contrast to the Valkyrie and AM-RB 003's all-carbon fiber 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.
"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," said Szwaj. "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."
As for the design, the Vanquish Vision Concept clearly adopts the same design language as the Valkyrie with similarly-shaped headlights and a similar aerodynamic front bumper, but the overall design looks less extreme as you would expect.
"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," Miles Nurnberger, Aston Martin Director of Design, explained.
"For example, it has a very distinctive clamshell front fender, with openings so you can see through onto the tire. 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."
After its Geneva debut, the Vanquish Vision will undergo extensive testing the hands of Aston Martin test drivers Matt Becker and Chris Goodwin before the final production car is revealed.