Henrik Fisker Presents ‘Thunderbolt,’ A Take On The Aston V12 Vanquish

Posted on Mar 15 2015 - 5:33am by Marco Rubio

Henrik Fisker’s name no longer even appears on the vehicles from his former brand, but since leaving the company, the man is slowly transitioning back into what made him famous in the first place: design. Fisker has already put pen to paper for a concept motorcycle and a carbon-fiber-bodied Ford Mustang. For his latest project, Fisker has made his unofficial return to Aston Martin to create a one-take on the Vanquish called the Thunderbolt.

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Debuting its carbon fiber skin at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, Fisker keeps his transformation of the Vanquish far more subdued than his recent work on the Mustang. He enlarges the grille to take up the entire front end but retains Aston Martin’s traditional shape, and the hood receives a power dome with triangular air intakes on each side. In profile, this is still clearly an Aston just sharper and leaner. It’s also lowered 0.6 inches and rides on 21-inch wheels. A big change comes at the back where Fisker adds wraparound rear glass and transforms the taillights into thin strips of LEDs. The interior offers a mix of high-end leather and more carbon fiber, plus an 11.6-inch Curved Control Screen from Panasonic.

Unfortunately, even if you have the means and want to buy this Thunderbolt, it’s not for sale. However, Galpin Aston Martin is taking limited orders for a tweaked version with a revised front end that includes different intakes on either side of the grille and without the Panasonic infotainment screen.

As designer for the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, the Thunderbolt can be thought of as Fisker’s return to the British brand, albeit in an unofficial and extremely limited way. Still, it’s fascinating to get a glimpse at what the marque’s models might look like, if he were still there.