Forget wedge-like exotics and futuristic powertrains, Aston Martin has taken the old-school gym workout route with its one-of-a kind 7.3-litre naturally-aspirated Victor.
That’s right, no turbos or mild-hybrid systems here, just a massive 7.3-litre Cosworth-tuned V12, lifted from the 2009 Aston Martin One-77.
Power is up 11 per cent from the One-77’s ‘base’ of 559kW to now 623kW, and torque has been increased from 750Nm to 821Nm, making the Victor the most powerful naturally-aspirated car ever to wear the winged Aston Martin badge and a number plate (so to speak).
As yes, the Victor is road legal.
Underneath the bulging bodywork, the Victor started life as a One-77 and underwent 18 months of bespoke fettling by Aston Martin’s ‘Q Commission’.
Designed as a modern homage to the brutal ‘Oscar India’ V8 Vantage of the late 1970s, the Victor has a wholly carbon-fibre body and is finished in a very dark shade called ‘Pentland Green’.
The aero package is functional and striking, with the deep front splitter, integrated side skirts and huge diffuser all helping to contribute more downforce than a Vantage GT4 race car.
Everything under the skin has been re-engineered too, with the Victor using suspension components sourced from the Vulcan track car, tail-lights similar to those on the Valkyrie hypercar, and so much carbon-fibre that the car weighs less than the One-77 doner.
Inside, the cockpit is trimmed in a combination of leather, cashmere, walnut, aluminium and titanium. Plus more carbon-fibre. There’s even the infotainment system and air vents from the DBX SUV.
And, if you don’t think it can get any better, the Victor uses a six-speed manual transmission.
The result, perhaps the most muscular hypercar we’ve seen in a long time. Perhaps 2020 is starting to turn a corner…
The car was revealed at the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace near London, and marks the third time the ‘Q’ division has been involved with Aston road cars; the recent DB5 ‘Goldfinger’ continuation and the 14-strong run of Vantage V12 V600 cars in 2018.
Pricing for the 2021 Aston Martin Victor has not been disclosed, but we assume if the Belgian collector who commissioned it enjoys looking at it as much as we do, it was worth every penny.