A recent report from the UK quotes Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer as confirming two extra versions of the Aston Martin Vanquish production supercar due in 2022.
Top Gear says Palmer has Ferrari directly in his sights, with an Aston Martin Vanquish AMR and a Vanquish Volante convertible in the pipeline.
Picture: Aston Martin Vanquish concept
The mid-engined V6 hybrid will, Aston Martin hopes, draw sales away from mid-engine rivals such as Ferrari’s replacement for the 488/F8 Tributo, and McLaren’s next ‘720S’.
Revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Vanquish is the more road-friendly sibling to the ‘003’ hypercar, which will be limited to 500 units.
Speaking with TG, Palmer added that “the Vanquish is an important part of what the DB12 looks like,” suggesting this new look could be the design brief for creative director Marek Reichman from here onwards.
Not only does Aston expect to tempt some Ferrari buyers with the hardcore Vanquish or its topless variant, Reichman himself has told MOTOR in the past that ex-Ferrari engineers are working on it.
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“What I can tell you is that, in terms of its performance capability it will be a true competitor to the market set at the time – whatever the 488 is, whatever the McLaren 720S is, wherever Lamborghini is, and we’re bringing in the expertise from ‘The Company That Makes Red Cars.’
“If you put that team together with beautiful design and the DNA of a Valkyrie, although a little bit further down the tree, then that’s the product you end up with.”
While 2022 is quite literally years away, it seems Aston is investing heavily in properly becoming part of the supercar (and hypercar) rumble.