British engineering firm to bring iconic car back with a ‘Vengeance’.
Coachbuilding is largely a thing of the past, however Kahn Design have announced their plans to bring back the craftsmanship with new two-door coupe.
Codenamed the ‘WB12 Vengeance’, the latest incarnation of the modern classic will be a wide body two-door coupe, based upon a DB9 chassis.
Kahn has announced that the car will feature widened rear wings, a ‘signature’ bonnet bulge, aluminium wide-body kit, an aluminium roof and aluminium doors. The model also features a composite front bumper, a carbon fibre front splitter, and a billet aluminium grille. The car will sit on 21” rear tyres and 20” fronts.
Power is expected to come from a 6.0-litre V12- hence the mention of ‘12’ in the cars working title.
Production is set to begin in late 2015, with an as-yet-unconfirmed limited number of cars set to be built.
Ahead of its launch, Afzal Khan said the car would mark a return to ‘traditional’ coachbuilding.
'I’ve kept every aspect of the underlying car from the crash structures to airbags - mechanically it’s unaltered - why change perfection? This is coachbuilding in its traditional sense - taking a tried and tested product and working solely on the aesthetic.'
'Aston Martin has always been an inspiration, in particular the early Vanquish and the V600 Vantage wide bodies, and I’m grateful for their agreement, and for wishing us success on this project. The Vengeance pays homage to those classic designs while using modern engineering to create something unique and original which reflects my own style.'
In recent years Kahn Design has been better known for its building of bespoke Land Rovers and Range Rovers.