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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Henrik Fisker Somehow Made the Aston Martin Vanquish Even Prettier


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Somewhere in the world, there’s someone who thinks the Aston Martin Vanquish just isn’t up to snuff. If said person has enough funds on hand, they could go to Aston’s Q division and ask them to do something about it, or they can phone up renowned car designer Henrik Fisker and let him have his way with it.

The ex-Aston Martin design guru has once again plied his talents on the body of an Aston – the Vanquish. But this time, it’s a creation all his own. It’s called the ‘Thunderbolt’. Though Fisker says it’s just a concept, if enough people start screaming its name from the rooftops, it might become a production reality.

fisker thunderbolt aston martin side photo

The striking concept made its debut this past weekend at Florida’s Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, and given its purposeful stance and sleek lines, it created quite a stir.

The one-off Thunderbolt features bespoke carbon fiber bodywork accented with unique head and taillight treatments, a sneering front maw, and a more sculpted rear end. It sits on large 21-inch alloy wheels and benefits from just over half an inch in ride height drop.

“I wanted to create an elegant beautiful GT sports coupe, with pure emotional sculpture, that would stay timeless,” mentioned Fisker.
While its exterior visuals look reworked and hardened, its interior feels relaxed and softened.

The Thunderbolt features leather from Natuzzi, Swiss clockwork embedded in the dash, a prototype Panasonic curved infotainment system, as well as a leather adorned wine bottle holder.

fisker thunderbolt aston martin dash photo

Power output nor engine specification are mentioned. One could expect a tuned iteration of Aston Martin’s 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12, good for at least 568 horsepower and providing zero to 60 mph sprints of just 3.6 seconds.

The project is just the latest in a partnership between California’s Galpin Motors and Henrik Fisker, which recently yielded the bombastic Mustang-based Galpin Rocket. What do you say, Internet? Any takers?