FEB 13th 2015

Aston Martin Vulcan sounds as good as the real thing! Ferrari XX watch out?

Meet the car Aston Martin is calling the most extreme model in its 102-year history. And it has a powerful name to match its billing: Vulcan.

Meet? To be honest, that’s being rather hopeful from the teaser video released by Aston today. You don’t actually see the car at all. But you do hear it. And it could only be a V12 engine – no new Merc twin-turbo yet.

So what is the Vulcan? Well it’s most certainly not the V12 Vantage GT3 that we have all been expecting. That is, in fact, imminent – we’ll bring you the story on that a little later in February, ahead of its debut at the Geneva Show on 3 March.

No, the Vulcan – also in line for a Geneva debut – is a pure racing car. It is Aston’s answer to the McLaren P1 GTR and Ferrari FXX K, two more track-only supercars to be unveiled in Geneva.

The Vulcan is likely to be a million pound Aston and the firm says there will be just 30 made of the 6.0-litre V12 powered machines. It amounts to a magnificent motor sport last hurrah for the venerable V12 before the new generation of Mercedes turbo V8 power takes over.

What is the Vulcan and what does it look like? It is a standalone car with, say insiders, overtones of the DBR9 (shown below at the Festival of Speed). We know, not much to go on, and the video sheds no clues (apart from that ever musical V12’s note…)

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Racing versions of supercars are certainly flavour of the month. Apart from the new McLaren and Ferrari, this exclusive club contains Porsche of course but also Bentley and, just announced, Mercedes too – you can see our story on the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer here.

But somehow we reckon there is something very special about a great British bruiser of a racer that sounds as good as this – there could never be anything less for something by the name of Vulcan!

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