New Aston Martin DB9-based coupé will make its debut at the Geneva motor show, and will cost around £300,000

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.

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5 May 2015
As the Vengeance won't be an Aston Martin model but whose design "would be greatly influenced by the Vanquish, said Kahn" it's safe to assume that this will look like an Aston Martin. In which case, can we expect another potential lawsuit from Aston Martin?

5 May 2015
Word on the grapevine is that this project has been endorsed by Aston Martin!!

If this is the case, then is Kahn the first British design house to have been given such an honour?

Everyone is talking about this!

5 May 2015
Shocking what he's done with his modifications already to Aston Martin cars. Tasteless would be another description. Please, don't let him kill any Aston Martins to create this!

5 May 2015
Very bold move - kudos to Kahn for having the guts to do this.

If it is indeed, done with Aston Martin's approval then it's a very good move as I am sure Aston Martin are not fools and know exactly what they are doing.

7 May 2015
if he killed a Peugeot to make this. Or even a Vauxhall. Or maybe even a Ford Fiesta that nobody would miss. But to kill a beautiful Aston Martin is a crime.

7 May 2015
Symanski wrote:

if he killed a Peugeot to make this. Or even a Vauxhall. Or maybe even a Ford Fiesta that nobody would miss. But to kill a beautiful Aston Martin is a crime.

If this was announced as an official Aston you'd be all over it, you've seen the name Kahn and had the obvious knee jerk reaction!! Rear looks good, better than the front anyway but it still can't get away from the fact that it just looks like a slightly restyled DB9. Not very adventurous really when you think that something like an 8C can be turned into the Disco Volante

7 May 2015
The Disco Volante is a very special car and Touring is one of the finest coach-builders. Any other company, not just Kahn, would struggle to match that.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

7 May 2015
Frightmare Bob wrote:

The Disco Volante is a very special car and Touring is one of the finest coach-builders. Any other company, not just Kahn, would struggle to match that.

Your quite right but it doesn't take away the fact that it can be achieved, I know money plays a bit part but surely imagination goes a long way as well? I guess the point I'm making is that this is merely a slight re-styling exercise rather than being what I would call genuine coach-building as claimed by Kahn and it certainly shouldn't be viewed as a brand new car. To me taking the mechanical's of an existing car and giving it completely new clothes is what comes to mind when I think of coach-build, hence the nod to the Disco

7 May 2015
gigglebug wrote:

If this was announced as an official Aston you'd be all over it, you've seen the name Kahn and had the obvious knee jerk reaction!! Rear looks good, better than the front anyway but it still can't get away from the fact that it just looks like a slightly restyled DB9.

If it was a special edition by Aston that would be different; it would be a new car rather than having to sacrifice a donor Aston. Kahn designs, however, just aren't that good.

7 May 2015
Symanski wrote:
gigglebug wrote:

If this was announced as an official Aston you'd be all over it, you've seen the name Kahn and had the obvious knee jerk reaction!! Rear looks good, better than the front anyway but it still can't get away from the fact that it just looks like a slightly restyled DB9.

If it was a special edition by Aston that would be different; it would be a new car rather than having to sacrifice a donor Aston. Kahn designs, however, just aren't that good.

No I have to admit to not liking many of his design's either but I certainly wouldn't let previous form put me off if it was something I liked and I wouldn't like it any more or less if it was Aston's own. If it get's officially sanctioned might it be a case of Aston providing rolling chassis rather than existing cars being butchered?

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