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Henrik Fisker reworks the Aston Martin Vanquish to create the Thunderbolt

Henrik Fisker reworks the Asto...
Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt design study based on the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish coupe
Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt design study based on the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish coupe
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The Thunderbolt's detailing is specific to the once-off car
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The Thunderbolt's detailing is specific to the once-off car
Blade-like taillights give the Thunderbolt a distinct rear end
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Blade-like taillights give the Thunderbolt a distinct rear end
The new aluminum grille and headlamps combine with a new power dome on the bonnet
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The new aluminum grille and headlamps combine with a new power dome on the bonnet
A special bottle holder is part of the Thunderbolt experience
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A special bottle holder is part of the Thunderbolt experience
Fisker's Thunderbolt also debuts a new 11.6-inch infotainment
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Fisker's Thunderbolt also debuts a new 11.6-inch infotainment
A Maurice Lacroix clock nestles in the dashboard
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A Maurice Lacroix clock nestles in the dashboard
All the carbon fiber bodywork is hand laid
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All the carbon fiber bodywork is hand laid
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The wraparound rear screen is also new to the Thunderbolt
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The wraparound rear screen is also new to the Thunderbolt
Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt design study based on the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish coupe
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Henrik Fisker's Thunderbolt design study based on the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish coupe
Rendering of the Thunderbolt that would be produced on a special order basis
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Rendering of the Thunderbolt that would be produced on a special order basis
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Automobile designer Henrik Fisker has created a one-off design study based on the Aston Martin Vanquish. Dubbed the Thunderbolt, the car made its debut at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, and features a luxurious interior with a high-tech Panasonic infotainment system behind those shapely carbon fiber body panels.

Fisker is best known for his work on the Fisker Karma eco-supercar, the 1999 BMW Z8 and Aston Martin DB9. More recently, he turned his pen to the new Ford Mustang, teaming up with Galpin Auto Sports to turn it into the 725 hp (541 kW) Mustang Rocket.

It's no surprise, then, to see that Fisker has improved the already beautiful Vanquish with his hand-laid carbon fiber additions. The design study's hood is dominated by its power dome, which contains long triangular air intakes that feed the car's V12 motor. Up front, new headlamps and a reworked aluminum grille differentiate the Thunderbolt from standard Vanquishes, while slim blade-like taillights and a wraparound rear window give the car its own clear character in profile.

The wraparound rear screen is also new to the Thunderbolt
The wraparound rear screen is also new to the Thunderbolt

Inside, Fisker has tried to combine classic luxury cues with thoroughly modern infotainment and connectivity systems. The Thunderbolt debuts a prototype curved-screen, 11.6-inch Panasonic infotainment system that is height adjustable. Thanks to a collaboration with watchmaker Maurice Lacroix, a Skeleton chronograph sits in the center of the dashboard surrounded by leather from Italian furniture company Natuzzi.

In a touch that would please James Bond, the Thunderbolt is also fitted with a champagne/wine bottle holder. Rather than indulging in some irresponsible drink driving, Fisker claims that bottle holder is intended for "securely transporting a bottle or two, to a dinner party as a gift."

Fisker's design study isn't endorsed by Aston Martin, and the Thunderbolt displayed at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida is a once-off. But if anyone is inetersted, Fisker and Galpin Aston Martin in Los Angeles is taking build-to-order inquiries. However, these vehicles, which would be restricted to limited numbers, would differ slightly from the silver design study unveiled at Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, coming without the Panasonic infotainment system and a different front end treatment, as shown in the render below of the car in red.

Rendering of the Thunderbolt that would be produced on a special order basis
Rendering of the Thunderbolt that would be produced on a special order basis

Source: Galpin Aston Martin

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Ikeleaka Kaluva
I bet he could do wonders with a bentley or rolls or even a maybach