Company boss confirms plans for series of variants to be based on the new entry-level mid-engined model, taking the fight to established exotic supercar brands.
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The Aston Martin Vanquish will be revived as a mid-engined supercar to take on the likes of Ferrari and McLaren, and the company's boss has already alluded to additional variants that are in the pipeline.

Speaking with the UK's Top Gear, Aston Martin CEO, Andy Palmer, said the V6-powered competitor to the F8 Tributo and Huracan Evo will get Volante convertible and track-focused AMR Pro versions to broaden its appeal.

The Vanquish Volante will go head-to-head with 'Spyder' versions of rival models, while the AMR Pro will duke it out with race-inspired offerings like the 488 Pista and McLaren's Longtail (LT) series.

"We’ll get sales from the Ferrari, McLaren and the Lamborghini Huracan Evo," Palmer said, adding he also expects the Vanquish to cannibalise sales from front-engined Astons like the DBS Superleggera.

As for production volumes, Palmer reiterated the company's intentions to remain a proper luxury player, keeping its annual sports car output to 7000 units, bolstered by an additional 7000 crossovers in the form of the upcoming DBX and Lagonda models.

Palmer noted he's aiming straight for Ferrari, mentioning the Italian marque's two previous bosses as references for the company's decision.

"Luca [di Montezemolo] wanted Ferrari to stay at 7000 cars a year, Sergio [Marchionne] said 14,000 [including the new high-riding Ferrari crossover]. What works for Ferrari works for us," he said.

When asked as to why the company made such a big investment into developing a new V6 engine for the Vanquish and AM-RB 003 (below), Palmer said: "Well, we have engineers. They did our turbo V12 and I didn’t want to send them home".

"We are able to attract engineers to this brand. They have an appetite to do something special. And a V6 is basically half a V12," he added, indicating the new V6 is a descendent of the new V12 that powers the DB11 and DBS Superleggera.

"I’m trying to re-make the UK car industry. I want to manufacture cars in the UK. But the UK doesn’t know its arse from its elbow at the moment."

The production version of the Aston Martin Vanquish Vision concept is slated for a 2022 on-sale date.

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