By Fahad Redha
Of all the new cars coming in the next couple of years, two of the most exciting have to be the Aston Martin’s new Vanquish and the Maserati MC20. Both of these cars are set to take on the Lamborghini Huracan (or its successor by the time they are launched) and Ferrari F8 Tributo, the company’s entry level supercar.
Let’s start with the Aston. The Vanquish revives one of the most well-known names in the brand’s history, a car made famous in Die Another Day. But while that car was a front-engined GT car with a V12, this is a mid-engined supercar powered by half as many cylinders. The new motor is a turbocharged V6 developed completely in-house, a bold move for such a small company. By comparison, the rest of the line-up uses engines sourced from AMG.
But it does have one edge over both its competitors and its stablemates: an F1 inspired hybrid powertrain. This will help bring the little six-pot closer to Ferrari’s numbers. At the moment, the Aston Martin is still a concept with a release date set for 2023.
The Maserati on the other hand has been revealed in full production form. Its name, MC20, stands for Maserati Corse, and 20 for the year 2020, “the year of its world première and the start of the brand’s new Era.” Like the Aston, it uses a V6, but unlike the British car, its numbers have already been revealed: 630 horsepower V6 with torque of 730 Nm (546 lb-ft). This allows it to sprint to 62mph in just 2.9 seconds and keep going to just over 200mph. It, like the Vanquish, uses a home brewed engine, the first Maserati in two decades to do so.
Both of these cars usher in new eras in their company’s history. And both are sorely needed. Aston Martin is relying on its recently launched DBX SUV to keep itself afloat, allowing it to invest in projects like the Vanquish and upcoming Valhalla. Maserati is also struggling as parent company Fiat Chrysler has admitted that mistakes have been made along the way. It has set out a road map for the future which includes a production version of its stunning Alfieri concept.
And with the MC20, it is working to restore its image back from its current one as a maker of SUVs and saloons. This is after all the banner that Juan Manuel Fangio raced under, while Aston Martin was Stirling Moss’ choice of wheels.
These new cars, in a sense, restore that same rivalry that pitched two of the all-time greats against one another. And hopefully they will help keep both companies afloat for years to come.