Fisker Thunderbolt debuts at Amelia Island Concours
Designer Henrik Fisker took the wraps off of his latest creation, the Thunderbolt Concept, over the weekend at the 2015 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. Based on an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Coupe that retains its standard 565-horsepower/5.9-liter V12 and running gear, the Fisker Thunderbolt matches handcrafted carbon fiber bodywork with a prototype infotainment system that features the world's first uses of Panasonic's new Curved Control Screen.
Aggressively elegant design
Fisker, whose resume includes time spent at Aston Martin where he was responsible for the DB9 and V8 Vantage says the Thunderbolt is his take on a production V12 Vantage. Like his efforts at Aston, as well as at BMW where he was responsible for the Z8 and later on his own EV hybrid Karma, the Thunderbolt displays a finely honed sense of aggressive elegance. Sitting 0.6 inch closer to the ground than a standard V12 Vantage, the car's flowing profile is punctuated by a power dome hood with distinctive vents, prominent sculpted side strakes, a dark-tinted panoramic roof, wraparound back glass and 21-inch alloy wheels. The Thunderbolt's edgy front fascia matches a larger aluminum grille with custom LED lighting while the rear resolves into a more assertive shape framed by an integrated decklid spoiler, blade-like taillamps and a diffuser that integrates a pair of large circular exhaust outlets.
Inside, the Thunderbolt's cabin is trimmed in custom leather from Italian furniture maker Natuzzi set off with carbon fiber and brushed aluminum accents along with styling flourishes like a Maurice Lacroix Skeleton chronograph and a true unique champagne caddy "for securely transporting a bottle or two to dinner parties as a gift." The technical highlight is the aforementioned Panasonic Curved Control Screen. Shaped to reduce reflections and glare, its 11.6-inch high-res display also is height-adjustable to accommodate drivers of all sizes.
While a pure design study, Fisker says he's open to building additional Thunderbolts -- should demand warrant. However, those vehicles would be fitted with the slightly modified front fascia than the red Thunderbolt seen here and have a traditional flat screen display. Like the first production version of the Galpin Fisker Mustang Rocket that also was on hand at the Amelia Island event, any customer Thunderbolts also would have their carbon fiber bodywork done by GFMI Metalcrafters Inc., of Fountain Valley, California and all performance and interior personalization touches handled by Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) in Van Nuys.
Fisker Mustang Rocket launches
Speaking of the Rocket, Fisker's ultimate vision of Ford's latest pony car looked striking in its Black finish which has been further enhanced with a new Bassani cat-back quad-outlet exhaust system as well as two additional 20-inch and 21-inch alloy wheel fitments. While there's no word on potential Thunderbolt pricing, Fisker and GAS confirmed the Rocket will launch at $109,000 in base form or $125,000 for one fitted with a 725-horse supercharged version of the 5.0-liter V8 from the Shelby GT500 on which the car is based.
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