Kahn Design shows design sketches of DB9-based Vengeance Coupe

Article by Andrew Christian, on May 12, 2015

Design sketches of Kahn Design’s Vengeance have finally come out. This retro-styled two-seat coupé is derived from the existing Aston Martin DB9. Limited production for this wide-bodied sports car will start later this year in Coventry. Powertrain details haven’t been released yet but it’s likely to still have the current DB9’s 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine, which has an output of 510bhp that can cause the DB9 to accelerate to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds.

The Vengeance’s styling evokes “the silhouette of a sabretooth on the prowl,” according to Kahn. The Vengeance is also said to take inspiration from Aston Martin designs of the 1980s and 1990s. From these design sketches, we see that the Vengeance features a wide rear-end stance and its front grille has been reimagined.

At the front, the model sits on a set of 20-inch alloys while at the rear, it has 21-inch alloys. Founder Afzal Kahn said in a statement that by launching the Vengeance, his childhood dream of designing and producing his own car is realized. He also said that after working in the industry, he wants to “leave a legacy” that he can be proud of.

He also said that the design has gone through many iterations over the years and that he took time to choose the right partners to “prototype and manufacture the car” to guarantee its quality and perfection. He said that mechanically, the car is unaltered from the airbags to the crash structures because he didn’t want to change perfection.

What he did was traditional coachbuilding where he gets a tried and tested product and works only on its aesthetic. The Vengeance will be priced at about £300,000 and will “represent extremely good value for a limited edition coachbuilt car.”

Notably, the current DB9 costs from £133,495. Meanwhile, David Brown's Speedback GT, a coachbuilt car built on the chassis of Jaguar's XKR and built in almost the same limited numbers, costs £564,000. In Kahn’s projections, it will build 5 Vengeance units this year, with 10 more to be made in 2016.

Kahn’s build team is experienced in building one-off designs, one of which is the £1.4 million Aston Martin One-77. It was confirmed by Aston Martin that it has a supply contract with Kahn.

Other famous Kahn bespoke designs are the Flying Huntsman, an extreme interpretation of the Land Rover Defender that debuted last March at the Geneva motor show. It also displayed an even more extreme 6x6 version. .

Press Release

Kahn Design launches coach built 2 door retro classic coupe named the 'Vengeance'

The practice of automotive coachbuilding stretches back to the early 1900s, when discerning customers would employ the services of expert craftsmen to create a custom vehicle body on a pre-manufactured chassis.

Following in this tradition, renowned British designer Afzal Kahn has announced the launch of a new coachbuilt car codenamed the Vengeance.

Built on a new Aston Martin DB9 chassis, the Vengeance is a wide body two door coupe, with a muscular, aggressive design evoking the silhouette of a sabretooth on the prowl.

Design

A supercar owner and connoisseur since his late teens, Kahn has always sought to push the boundaries of car design, developing a distinctive, aggressive design language. Inspired by the Aston Martin designs of the 1980s and 90s, the Vengeance is the culmination of Kahn's lifelong pursuit to create the car he has always wanted to drive.

In a radical departure from contemporary design conventions, the Vengeance favours volume and flowing curves over angular surfaces. The result is a spectacular fusion of modern engineering and classic streamlined design.

Kahn's style and personality is evident in every curve of the Vengeance, the result of a painstaking design process, working and reworking each line and surface to the point of perfection.

The most arresting features are the widened rear wings, emphasised by lines projected from the signature bonnet bulge, through the roof and along the length of the car. These visual aids work in unison to promote a more poised, meaningful stance, sweeping rearwards from the unmistakable grille centrepiece.

The polished stainless steel roof halo and window trim reinforce this balance, curving to meet at the diminished rear windows, which enhance the coupe style of the Vengeance.

The visual mass of the rear is augmented by the staggered wheels, with a 16 spoke 20" wheel at the front on 225 tyres and an 18 spoke 21" wheel on 335 tyres to the rear. The multi spoke design and inner rim takes inspiration from the classic roulette wheel, with a two tone finish juxtaposing the central section in body colour with the diamond cut outer section.

Production

Production of a limited series of vehicles will begin in 2015, and the Vengeance will be manufactured in the Midlands, in a nod to the region's history as the heartland of the British automotive industry.

Each vehicle will be hand built by Kahn's chosen team of craftsmen and automotive experts, and will carry an engraved plaque in the boot bearing the names of every member of the British team who worked on the car – a guarantee of the quality craftsmanship invested in each vehicle.

The limited production run is aimed at discerning collectors and investors alike. Vengeance owners will be given unique previews of future coachbuilt projects, as well as advance invitations to purchase new vehicles.

With the price of handbuilt sports cars rising, the Vengeance is likely to prove a sound investment. Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but is expected to represent extremely good value for a limited edition coachbuilt car.

Statement: Afzal Kahn

"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."

"The Vengeance underlines Kahn Design's expertise in design and coachbuilding. With a team of over 25 designers in house we're involved in all aspects of product design from automotive to timepieces, interiors, retail space, clothing and accessories."

"Aston Martin has always been an inspiration, in particular the early Vanquish and the V600 Vantage wide bodies, and I'm grateful for their agreement, and for wishing us success on this project. The Vengeance pays homage to those classic designs while using modern engineering to create something unique and original which reflects my own style."

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