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Geneva: Aston Martin Vanquish name on way back

On sale in 2022 as brand's first mid-engined production car.

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Aston Martin is to revive the Vanquish name on a new mid-engined supercar that will be released in 2022.

The likely look of the new car has debuted at the Geneva motor show in the form of the Vanquish Vision Concept – one of three design studies on the Aston Martin stand.

The Vanquish will be the fourth product in AM’s mid-engined series, which currently includes the Valkyrie, Valkyrie AMR Pro and upcoming AM-RB 003 that incorporates technology and input from the Red Bull Formula One team.

When it goes on sale, the Vanquish will be Aston Martin’s first mid-engined car to be offered as a mainstream model line. Prime rivals are likely to be the McLaren 720S and Ferrari 488 GTB.

Power for this new iteration of the Vanquish comes from a V6 hybrid turbo engine derived from the AM-RB 003. In a move away from previous top-end models, the newcomer will make use of an all-bonded aluminium chassis instead of all-carbon fibre.

Unveiling the Vanquish Vision Concept, Aston Martin Lagonda president and CEO Andy Palmer said that it felt entirely appropriate to attach such an important model name to such a significant car.

Pivotal moment

“The Vanquish Vision Concept marks another pivotal moment in Aston Martin’s history, and another critical step in delivering the second century plan,” added Palmer.

“Our first series production rear mid-engined supercar will be a transformational moment for the brand, for it is the car that will propel Aston Martin into a sector of the market traditionally seen as the heartland of luxury sports cars.”

According to Aston Martin chief technical officer Max Szwaj, the Vanquish Vision Concept marks the point where the experience gained in the Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 programmes reaches the series production models.

“Creating a car like this for Aston Martin is a challenge I have relished since joining back in 2017,” Szwaj said. “Although it takes Aston Martin into new territory, it does so with the benefit of hard-won knowledge, ground-breaking ideas and an uncompromising mindset.”

(Photos: Andrew Charman)

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.