With the Vanquish Vision, Aston Martin debuts its first-ever mid-engined supercar.
Aston Martin had a lot going on at the Geneva Motor Show. Perhaps the most significant model unveiled today was the Aston Martin Vanquish Vision.
Of all three models, however, the Vanquish Vision is the most significant even if is still a concept. At term, a production version of the first mid-engined Aston Martin would do battle with the likes of the McLaren 720S, Lamborghini Huracan EVO and Ferrari F8 Tributo unveiled a few feet away today in Geneva.
It could also face some American competition in the form of the next C8 Corvette, but we are still far off a mid-engine Aston Martin vs Chevy Corvette drag race.
Like the Aston Martin 003 which stood next to the Vanquish Vision, the latter makes extensive use of various weight saving and aero improving techniques to promote a pure driving experience.
Surprisingly, Aston Martin is going with a V6 engine which will be placed behind the driver on an aluminium bonded tub. The Ferrari F8 Tributo uses a turbocharged V8 and so does the McLaren 720s, and both boast over 700 horsepower.
If the Vanquish Vision hopes to keep up, it will need to show similar specs. We are sure Aston Martin is aware of that fact. Perhaps the weight will be so low that a V6 with 600-something horsepower will be enough. We will have to wait and see.
Looking around the Aston Martin booth, we also noticed a significant design language change operating at the British automaker. Both the Vanquish Vision and 003 are gorgeous, but they are completely different from the current Aston Martin lineup.
As Aston Martin begins a new chapter, maybe that’s the automaker’s way of shaking things up. A new design and a mid-engine setup will certainly do that.