The Aston Martin Vanquish Returns as a Mid-Engine Ferrari Fighter

The Vanquish name returns, attached to a mid-engine V-6 supercar that's laser-aimed at Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren.

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Aston Martin is really a mid-engine car company now. It's doing mid-engine hypercars, with both the Valkyrie and the just-revealed AM-RB 003. Now, it's getting into the mid-engine supercar business, too. At the 2019 Geneva Motor Show today, Aston surprised everyone with the Vanquish Vision Concept, a preview of what will be the brand's first mid-engine production performance car.

Yes, the Vanquish name is coming back, attached to a supercar that will be laser-aimed at Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren. It arrives in production form in 2022. Unlike the Valkyrie and AM-RB 003, the Vanquish won't use a carbon-fiber chassis, instead built on a bonded aluminum structure. It will, however, share its V-6 with the AM-RB 003, though the Vanquish won't use the same hybrid system, and may not be a hybrid at all.

It's also quite beautiful. In a press release, Aston Martin design director Miles Nurnberger said that the automaker tried to make something more traditionally pretty, compared to the functional, severe shape of the Valkyrie and the AM-RB 003.

"It’s less provocative and more classical in its look," Nurnberger said. "Its beauty comes from a shift in emphasis from the aggressive, function-driven surfaces of Aston Martin Valkyrie and AM-RB 003 to more flowing and sensuous forms, while retaining a resolute athleticism and modernity."

We suspect it will be a joy to drive as well. Max Szwaj, chief technical officer at Aston Martin, was previously head of body engineering at Ferrari. Matt Becker, Aston's chief engineer, cut his teeth at Lotus where he helped create some of the finest handling mid-engine sports cars in the world. And Chris Goodwin, Becker's right hand man, was McLaren's chief test driver up until 2017. Talk about a team who knows mid-engine cars.

We'll have to wait until 2022 for the new Vanquish, but we've got a feeling it'll be well worth it. The supercar establishment would be wise to prepare itself.

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