At the ongoing Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2014 in Florida, Henrik Fisker has just unveiled his specially designed Aston Martin Vanquish that he dubs the Thunderbolt.
Interestingly, Fisker was once the design boss of the British automaker so is absolutely no novice when it comes to designing for Aston Martin. For the Thunderbolt, Fisker has created completely custom carbon fibre bodywork to add an entirely different look to the V12-powered Aston Martin Vanquish.
At the front, all new components are found including a custom grille which features an eye-brow raising design and is slightly larger than normal. Additionally, new air intakes have been installed alongside a set of custom headlights. A new bonnet has also been installed and it includes prominent air extractors. From the side, a new set of wheels set the Thunderbolt apart from typical Vanquish models as well as new side skirts, a different B-pillar design and a reshaped rear decklid and heavily tapered rear window.
Completing the visual modifications of the Thunderbolt are brand new LED taillights, a prominent bootlid lip spoiler as well as redesigned dual exhaust pipes and a new diffuser. All told, the Thunderbolt is actually 15 mm lower than the Vanquish and the aforementioned new wheels actually measure 21-inches at all four corners.
Inside, Fisker’s Thunderbolt has been installed with a new Panasonic curved screen measuring 11.6 inches. That screen is also height adjustable. Elsewhere, a custom wine bottle holder has been fitted for the rear seats.
Beneath the skin, it is believed that the Thunderbolt is mechanically standard to the Vanquish. As a result, it apparently uses a 6.0-litre V12 engine delivering a total of 568 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Consequently, the car will sprint to 100 km/h in a brisk 3.8 seconds as well as a top speed exceeding 320 km/h.
Discussing the car, Fisker said “I wanted to create an elegant beautiful GT sports coupé, with pure emotional sculpture, that would stay timeless.”