The Kahn Design Vengeance WB12 will make its debut at the Geneva motor show in March.
Show-goers at the Geneva motor show will be able to get an up-close look at the Vengeance WB12, as the car makes its global premiere at the Geneva motor show. So far, the best look we've had at the Aston Martin DB9-based car has been a series of pictures of its retro-styled two-seat coupé, dubbed Vengeance.
Based on the current Aston Martin DB9, the wide-bodied sports car will enter limited production later this year, with manufacturing taking place in Coventry.
Kahn hasn’t released details of the Vengeance’s powertrain, but it’s highly likely it will keep the existing DB9’s 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, which produces 510bhp and is capable of pushing the DB9 to 62mph in 4.6 seconds.
Styled to evoke “the silhouette of a sabretooth on the prowl,” Kahn says the Vengeance has been “inspired by the Aston Martin designs of the 1980s and 90s.”
These pictures show that the Vengeance comes with a reimagined front grille, and a wide rear-end stance. The model will sit on 20-inch alloys at the front, with 21-inch alloys at the rear.
In a statement, company founder Afzal Kahn said: “Launching the Vengeance is the realisation of a dream I’ve had since childhood, to design and produce my own car. I’ve worked in the industry my whole career, and I want to leave a legacy which I can be proud of.
“The design has gone through several iterations over the years and I’ve taken my time in selecting the right partners to prototype and manufacture the car, ensuring it represents the pinnacle of quality and perfection.”
“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.”
Kahn says the Vengeance will cost around £300,000 and will “represent extremely good value for a limited edition coachbuilt car”.
That means the Vengeance will cost significantly more than the current DB9, which is priced from £133,495. David Brown's Speedback GT, a coachbuilt car built on the chassis of Jaguar's XKR and produced in similarly limited numbers, is priced at £564,000.
Kahn envisions building five Vengeance models this year, with another ten to follow in 2016. The company's build team has experience in creating one-off designs, including the £1.4 million Aston Martin One-77.
Aston Martin confirmed it had entered into a supply agreement with the company.
The Vengeance will join Kahn’s other bespoke designs, which include the Flying Huntsman, an extreme interpretation of the Land Rover Defender that made its debut at the Geneva motor show in March. An even more extreme 6x6 version was also shown.