But without a V12, how good will it sound?
Aston Martin is going to have a rough few years. We now know that its first EV will be introduced in 2025, but what will a fully electric Aston be like?
If you look at the brand's history, an Aston Martin is always two things: beautiful and noisy. You could have an Aston with a V8 or a V12, and that's it. It was also one of the last manufacturers to mate a manual transmission to a 12-cylinder engine.
One can't understate the importance of an Aston's soundtrack. Performance-wise the models have always been slightly below par, but the noise was at least 50% of why people bought the things. You could hear the 2006 V8 Vantage from three miles away.
That, and style. They are achingly beautiful cars, and an amateur car designer recently sorted that problem for Aston Martin.
The car you see here was created by Dejan Hristov using nothing more than Adobe Photoshop. Isn't it great how software democratized the design process?
It's called the Vanteon, which is an epic name. The word doesn't have a definition or a story, though it is already used in the telecommunications industry. To us, a Vanteon sounds like the double lightsaber used by Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace. "Bow before me, or I shall cut you down with my trusty double-bladed lightsaber, Vanteon."
The car itself looks just as cool as Maul's chosen weapon. It uses historic Aston Martin design cues while incorporating new design features.
Hristov's take on the floating roof concept is sublime, while the front and rear lights borrow from current and discontinued models. The rear lights are essentially inverted and updated versions of the lights found on the One 77.
The famous Aston grille is still in place, though it will likely be blocked off on the actual production car. At the rear, it has no exhausts for apparent reasons. It does have a mean set of diffusers.
Hristov also went through the trouble of designing a roadster, which looks even better than the coupe. There doesn't appear to be space for a roof mechanism, but this is just a rendering. Perhaps Hristov was inspired by the crazy yet glorious V12 Speedster.
That still leaves Aston with a sound problem, but at least the design is sorted. Aston promised its electric cars would sound good, though we're not sure how that will work. At least we'll know it will be fast, thanks to the recent introduction of EV supercars.
Here's a tip for Aston Martin, however. Hire Dejan Hristov and put him in charge of designing Aston EVs.
The powertrains will most likely come from Mercedes-Benz, as the German manufacturer owns 20% of Aston. That's why Mercedes supplies Aston with its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine. Mercedes-Benz will likely provide Aston Martin with the EV powertrains for its EQ range. If we had to guess, it would be the 649 hp/ 700 lb-ft of torque setup found in the upcoming EQS.