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Geneva show: Aston Martin Vulcan teased

Mystery surrounds track-focused Aston Martin Vulcan, but answers coming at Geneva

Aston Martin logo16 Feb 2015

By TUNG NGUYEN

ASTON Martin has teased its latest model, dubbed the Vulcan, ahead of its debut early next month during the Geneva motor show.

No information relating to the mysterious car has been revealed, but the Vulcan name and Geneva show unveiling have been chalked in a short teaser video featuring stylised race track rumble strips passing an on-board camera.

While detail is light, the race track imagery is accompanied by a raucous engine note, hinting that the British sportscar maker could be about to unveil a heavily track-focused model.

If the Vulcan is destined for the circuit, expect to see Aston Martin's newest model kitted out with a large spoilers, functional diffusers, and aerodynamic bumper canards, while a hefty rollcage, super-sticky slick tyres and race-tuned exhaust are all possibilities.

In recent years, high-performance Aston Martins have traditionally been powered by V12 engines, and it is expected the Vulcan will be no different possibly transplanting the 559kW/750Nm 7.3-litre naturally-aspirated V12 motor from the limited-edition One-77.

The British car-maker's last limited production track-focused model was the Aston Martin V12 Zagato, which was based on the V12 Vantage – the same platform used in Aston Martin's GT3 racing efforts – and was powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 380kW of power and 570Nm of torque.

However, a deal with Mercedes-Benz's performance arm in late 2013 means that the Vulcan could be the first Aston Martin powered by an AMG-sourced V8 engine.

The agreement will see AMG sharing its V8 technologies with Aston in return for a share in British sportscar company.

Whether V8 or V12-powered – to go toe-to-toe with hypercar heavyweights such as the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spider, the Vulcan will have to make in excess of 600kW and may have to resort to hybrid powertrain technology like its rivals.

The Vulcan is also expected to be one of the most expensive Aston Martins to date. The current flagship model is the V12 Vanquish convertible, costing $517,000 before on-road costs, and the only One-77 to make it to Australian shores sold for about $2.7 million in 2012.

Aston Martin is expected to release more detail and a first look at the enigmatic car at the Geneva motor show, which opens its doors on March 3.

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