Back in 2019, Aston Martin debuted their new Vanquish, lauded as a ‘volume supercar’ (those two words shouldn’t be in the same sentence) with an Aston-developed engine.
The new Vanquish was to be mid-engined with a 3.0 litre twin-turbo-charged V6 in-house powerplant.
In an effort to ‘save costs, Aston subsequently decided that an AMG-supplied 4.0 litre V8 was to be used.
Then, Radio Silence.
Except in 2020, Aston provided a rather vague press release, ‘indicating’ that a third mid-engined 700hp car was being developed alongside the Valhalla and Valkyrie.
It was widely assumed that this third car was the new Vanquish. Hooray.
Aston has been distracted with never-ending news regarding the latest round of funding, the DB12, and the Valhalla, scheduled for on-road testing before the end of 2023.
Back to the Vanquish, code-named AM-RB 003, based on a bonded aluminium chassis that was initially powered by a twin-turbo V6 hybrid and provided competition for the Ferrari 296 GTB.
Now, Aston Martin, the ‘masters of hype’, has announced that the highly anticipated mid-engined Vanquish has been ‘put on ice’.
Whatever that means!
God forbid they should say Cancelled.