Currently reading: Henrik Fisker unveils Aston Martin Vanquish-based Thunderbolt
Former Aston Martin design boss redesigns the Vanquish to feature carbonfibre bodywork and a world-first curved infotainment screen
Darren Moss
2 mins read
14 March 2015

Former Aston Martin design boss Henrik Fisker has revealed his ‘Thunderbolt’ design study at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida.

The concept, which is based on the Aston Martin Vanquish, features new carbonfibre bodywork and a much larger interpretation of the Aston Martin grille. At the rear, the Thunderbolt has redesigned pillars and a steeply raked rear screen, alongside new light clusters and a boot-mounted spoiler.

Fisker has lowered the Thunderbolt by 15mm compared to the standard Vanquish, and the model sits on 21in alloy wheels shod with performance tyres.

While Fisker makes no mention of any mechanical upgrades, it’s likely that the Thunderbolt keeps the Vanquish’s 6.0-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, which produces 568bhp and 465lb ft - enough to propel the standard Vanquish to 62mph in 3.8sec and give it a top speed of 201mph.

Inside, the car focuses on connectivity and features a world-first application of a curved infotainment screen. The 11.6in unit, which has been designed by Panasonic, is height adjustable.

The Thunderbolt also features a bespoke wine bottle holder by the rear seats.

Although Fisker has stressed that the Thunderbolt has no formal association with Aston Martin and exists as a design study only, an “extremely limited number” of models could be built if the car is received well during its first public outing. Any Thunderbolts built would not feature the curved infotainment screen and would get minor styling adjustments.

Fisker said: “I wanted to create an elegant beautiful GT sports coupé, with pure emotional sculpture, that would stay timeless.”

In addition to the Thunderbolt, Fisker is also showcasing the production version of his Ford Mustang-based Rocket concept. Created in conjunction with LA-based Galpin Motors, the world’s largest Ford dealer, the concept was first seen at the LA motor show last year.

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14 March 2015
...the wine holders, the clock...

These are the sort of things I'd like to see AM stepping away from, rather than embracing.

Get the car right first, make it a driving machine that can convincingly be favourably compared with the world's very best, and leave the fripperies to others.

14 March 2015
Bond has his Aston.

15 March 2015
OF Course Peter he has this if sound of Bond not just his Aston Martin the whole. Thunderbolt to thunderball.

14 March 2015
A curved infotainment screen, where's my cheque book....


15 March 2015
Well I guess the clue is in the location, the state of the nearly dead. Big infotainment screen for the short sighted, and a wine bottle holder to impress the child bride. May just be perfection for the target audience, assuming the boot is big enough to hold the Zimmer frame...........

15 March 2015
It sounds like the classic 4th Bond movie after Goldfinger, Thunderball. Which not just Bond reunite with his popular Aston Martin DB5, First actual brunette Hair Bond girl. Yes it Thunderbolt to Thunderball. It up to Bond fans to see whether 007 like this car or not.

15 March 2015
Guessing they using the original Aston Martin Vanquish because of it being cheaper.


16 March 2015
Perfect sculptured proportions and beautiful detailing. Aston need to build this.

16 March 2015
I do feel, that some do not read the actual posts, before they comment, this has nothing to do with Aston Martin, Fisker has purchased a car, and he redesigned it, Aston had nothing to do with the wine bottles, the clock or any other adjustments from their car.

Also English is the language of choice, shame then, that some posts, just can not grasp this simple thing.

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