Finger's crossed Aston Martin doesn't turn it into a nightmare.
True to its word, British firm A. Kahn Design has unveiled design sketches of its upcoming 'WB12 Vengeance,' a retro-styled sports coupe based on the old Aston Martin DB9. The wide-body two-door will likely come powered by the DB9’s 6.0-liter V12, capable of 510 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. As for styling, Kahn describes the silhouette of the car as “a sabretooth on the prowl.” Bespoke touches include a new front grille, a wider rear end, and a set of alloys staggered 16/18 inches front/rear.
The 2+2 seating is replaced by two seats, and the lightweight aluminum body was crafted using hammer-formed methods. It will be built in limited numbers of around 50 and there's no word on price, but according to the company it will “represent extremely good value.” Afzal Kahn said of the new project: “Launching the Vengeance is the realization of a dream I’ve had since childhood, to design and produce my own car. I’ve worked in the industry my whole career, and I want to leave a legacy which I can be proud of. The design has gone through several iterations over the years and I’ve taken my time in selecting the right partners to prototype and manufacture the car, ensuring it represents the pinnacle of quality and perfection."
I’ve kept every aspect of the underlying car from the crash structures to airbags - mechanically it’s unaltered - why change perfection? This is coachbuilding in its traditional sense - taking a tried and tested product and working solely on the aesthetic.” Aston Martin has yet to confirm whether it approves of the project, however. Former Aston designer Henrik Fisker had his Thunderbolt project quashed. Afzal Kahn will be hoping his project gets a better response from the carmaker.