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. .