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Ian Callum Creates The Ultimate Aston Martin Vanquish

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Production will be limited to just 25 units.

Ian Callum is one of the most legendary car designers in the industry, having penned the iconic shapes of the Jaguar F-Type, Aston Martin DB7, and Jaguar XK. That's why it was such a big deal when he announced back in June that he was leaving Jaguar Land Rover after 20 years. Fortunately, he isn't retiring from automotive design work for good. One month later, Callum announced his new design and engineering company simply called 'Callum.'

Focusing on limited-edition products for the design, lifestyle and travel sectors, the company is made up of 18 people with experience in the art, audio, automotive, fashion, lifestyle and motorsport industries. And now, Callum has announced its first project: the revival of one of the most iconic Aston Martin models designed by Ian Callum.

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It's called the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by Callum, which, as the name suggests, is a limited-run of 25 reborn Vanquish models. After 18 months of development, the limited-edition Vanquish retains the original car's iconic silhouette while boasting over one hundred design changes. Compared to the original, the Vanquish 25 by Callum sits 0.3 inches lower to the ground and rides on custom forged 20-inch rims wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires. This gives the Vanquish a more aggressive stance while increasing its stability. Restyled front and rear carbon fiber bumpers also enhance the looks while increasing aerodynamic efficiency, and new high-intensity LED head and taillights have also been fitted.

Other new visual enhancements include new carbon fiber side strakes, all-new wing mirrors, one-piece carbon window surrounds, re-formed sills, an aluminium/carbon fuel filler, and bespoke rear diffuser with integrated exhaust box. "We've addressed many of the individual areas we feel deserved a second look," said Callum. "The overall effect, including the stance, gives the car a new lease of life. Applying our design philosophy of balancing form and function has resulted in what we feel is the ultimate Vanquish."

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The chassis has also been tweaked by lead engineer Adam Donfrancesco to meet modern expectations. "We love the original Vanquish but expectations of the performance of a GT car have changed since its launch," Donfrancesco explained. "Today's GT should blend sports car performance with usability, yet be comfortable enough to eat up a thousand-mile mission without a thought. Our focus was to create a supple and comfortable ride that's responsive and a chassis that is supportive but not harsh. With stiffer anti-roll bars, tuned dampers, custom springs and lower ride height, we've increased steering response and reduced roll but crucially allowed the damping to 'breathe' a little more. The car now actually feels lighter than the original and more alive."

The brakes have also been upgraded with the latest Aston Martin carbon ceramic discs, cooled via 3D printed air ducts, while the car's original 5.9 liter V12 has been tuned to produce an extra 60 hp over the original 520 hp with new carbon induction and exhaust systems. The V12 unit can be paired with the original automatic transmission, or it can be swapped with a six-speed torque convertor transmission.

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Inside, the interior has been upgraded with new sport seats, a carbon fiber dashboard and center console housing an integrated eight-inch display featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Limited to 25 units, Callum is accepting orders for the Aston Martin Vanquish 25, which will cost £550,000 ($663,272). In the future, the Vanquish will be reborn as a mid-engined Ferrari fighter that was previewed by the Aston Martin Vanquish Vision Concept at Geneva last year.

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