December 2, 2023: A spokesperson from Aston Martin has confirmed to the media that the mid-engined Vanquish project has been cancelled. Earlier this year, Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll had stated that the company had no plans to introduce a mid-engined hybrid to take on the Ferrari 296 GTB.
May 13, 2023: Recently, Aston Martin announced its future product plan, which includes 8 new sports cars. Among them are the upcoming Aston Martin DB12 and the replacements for the Vantage and DBS.
Aston Martin also has plans to expand its mid-engine supercar portfolio. The Valkyrie would be joined by the Valhalla and another ‘yet-to-be-named’ model. However, the line-up will not include the Vanquish V6.
According to Lawrence Stroll, Executive Chairman of Aston Martin, the company has no plans to introduce a Ferrari 296 GTB rival. This also means that the Vanquish Vision concept shown at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show will not see the light of day.
Aston’s former CEO Andy Palmer had envisioned a mainstream mid-engine supercar in the Vanquish. Codenamed AM-RB 003, the new model was supposed to be based on a bonded aluminium chassis powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 hybrid.
When Tobias Moers took charge, he decided to swap the V6 for a Mercedes-sourced V8. There were several other challenges that needed to be taken care of to make this car a reality, and the project eventually got shelved due to cost concerns.
Source: Motor Trend