For the record, the “Vulcan” name here is more closely related to Britain’s loud Cold War-era bombers than to the notoriously logical aliens in “Star Trek”. Nonetheless, the Vulcan is Aston Martin’s entry into the hypercar market, and there will only be 24 of these track-only vehicles built. Those lucky enough to accept the offer of purchase will find 800 hp ready to thrill from the race-inspired V12. The asking price? Somewhere north of $2 million, but the uncanny lines and performance should inspire the appropriately logical responses of longing stares and envious eyes.
The Aston Martin Vulcan is powered by Aston Martin's most powerful version of their 7.0L (6,949 cc) naturally aspirated V12 engine, with 820 hp (611 kW) at 7,750 rpm and 590 ft·lb (800 N·m) of torque at 6,500 rpm. Its name is a reference to the British Cold War-era bombers of the same name.
Aston Martin planned to produce only 24 examples of the car worldwide, each priced above US$2,000,000. None of them are road legal.
The Aston Martin Vulcan is the hypercar equivalent of the 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, with a focus on grip and braking. The Vulcan generates huge amounts of downforce to help the car corner very sharply and brake to cornering-appropriate speeds very quickly. Unlike the Viper ACR, though, the Vulcan has a stronger emphasis on acceleration, handling, and top speed. The Vulcan is considerably quicker than other Aston Martins, with 0-100 mph (161 km/h) launches done in 5.7 seconds. Just like the Viper ACR, though, the Vulcan's top speed is held back by its gearing and downforce to 194 mph (313 km/h), making the Vulcan suitable for handling-focused tracks and tracks with small amounts of high-speed straights.