Motor (Australia)

CALLUM 25

PRICE: $980,000 OUTPUT: 381kW ENGINE: 5.9-litre V12

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ASTON MARTIN’S CELEBRATED designer dips into the back-catalogue to remaster one of his greatest hits. Ian Callum will tell you that the Aston Martin Vanquish was perfect for its time. But 20 years on, the design industry veteran revisits his creation to perfect it for today. He’s not doing it alone either. His Callum 25 project is officially endorsed by Aston Martin, and various aspects of developmen­t are shared with R-Reforged, a Swiss company with ties to Aston Martin’s GT3 program.

Callum’s thoughtful revisions range from sympatheti­c updates like the now-one-piece window surrounds, to more thorough revisions. New dampers, larger anti-roll bars and stronger racing bearings address the Vanquish’s historical weak spot – its steering. The 5.9-litre V12 now pumps out 381kW, 45kW more than the original. It remains familiar, now features subtly widened tracks, a pumped and modernised body kit, a lowered seating position and a thinner steering wheel inside. Plus there’s a striking upholstery job throughout, with an 8.0-inch touchscree­n. We’re still not sure about the tyres though! It might not be for everyone, but you can’t help but admire it.

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