Henrik Fisker took the wraps off of his latest design study, the Thunderbolt,
which is his personal interpretation of how an
Aston Martin Vanquish coupe could look
Fisker, who now lives and works in Los Angeles, but is originally from Denmark, has previously worked on the Rocket, BMW Z8, Aston Martin DB9, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Lauge Jensen Viking motorcycle and the Fisker Karma hybrid.
"I wanted to create an elegant beautiful GT sports coupe, with pure emotional sculpture, that would stay timeless," said Henrik Fisker.
The Thunderbolt concept features new carbon fiber bodywork and a much larger Aston Martin grille. The hood on the design study is dominated by a large power dome with long triangular sculpted air intakes and also incorporates fitment of unique head lamps; thin protruding, blade-like, tail lamps; a wraparound rear window and panoramic dark tinted glass roof; as well as updated exterior detailing including aluminum grille and assorted bright work.
Performance upgrades include lowering the standard ride height of the car by 15 millimeters and fitment of 21-inch alloy wheels with performance tires.
The Thunderbolt keeps the Aston Martin's 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine, which produces 568 hp and 465 lb-ft. In the standard Vanquish, it's enough for a zero to sixty sprint in 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph.
Inside, the changes revolve around connectivity. Among its range of new appointments, the Thunderbolt concept features the world's first application of Panasonic's 11.6-inch curved screen in a car, as a result of a research partnership between Panasonic and Henrik Fisker. Designed to reduce reflections and glare, the screen's resolution is complimented by the fact that it is adjustable in height according to driver preference.
Another outcome of a longstanding partnership between renowned Swiss watch maker Maurice Lacroix and Henrik Fisker, is a Skeleton chronograph integrated into the dash, as well as specially trimmed leather surfaces from Italian furniture manufacturer, Natuzzi. Thunderbolt also includes a unique champagne/wine bottle holder - the first of its kind in a two-seat sports coupe - for securely transporting a bottle or two, to dinner parties as a gift.
Although the car is just a concept and there won't be any commercialization of the prototype shown at Amelia, a limited run of modified Vanquish sports cars could be purchased through Galpin Motors' Aston Martin dealership. These secondary coach-built Thunderbolts would feature a revised front end as shown on the red rendering, a new unique grill and a revised infotainment system without the curved Panasonic screen - as it is a prototype.
Update 4/9/2015: As part of a lawsuit filed by Aston Martin, it was announced that the Thunderbold will not be produced. The lawsuit claims that the Thunderbolt infringes Aston Martin's rights and attempts to "exploit and free-ride" the brand. To settle this, Henrik Fisker decided not to put his one-off creation into production.