, 2020-09-08 02:00:00,
In the run up the the new James Bond flick, No Time to Die, it’s easy to forget that Aston Martin has a real-life legacy that extends far beyond 007’s latest exploits. Now the Aston Martin Victor, a one-of-a-kind tribute to the marque’s most powerful vehicles of the ’70s and ‘80s, is here to remind us.
Unveiled at the Hampton Court Palace Concours in the UK last Friday, the ultra-exclusive supercar, which was crafted by the automaker’s bespoke Q division, is easily one of the most striking vehicles of 2020. But this retro-inspired coupé isn’t just for show; it’s also equipped with a gloriously powerful V12 and an increasingly rare manual transmission.
While the Victor was built with performance in mind, the first thing anyone will notice about it is its show-stopping design. The new supercar is built upon the 2011 One-77’s chassis and carbon-fiber monoque, but takes its bolder styling cues from the original Vantage and DBS V8, which ran at Le Mans in the late ‘70s. Although it holds onto the One-77’s sleek side profile, the Victor features an elongated hood, aggressive curves and fenders, a built-in spoiler and the Vantage’s trademark front headlights. The mix-and-match ethos girding the design may seem discordant, but it all blends together remarkably well, giving the car a muscular yet distinctly modern look.
The vehicle is finished in Pentland Green, which is also…
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