And while his own eponymous brand is now in the hands of China’s Wanxiang, Fisker himself hasn’t lost the touch: say hello to the Thunderbolt, revealed at this weekend’s Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance in Florida.
Based on the reborn Aston Martin Vanquish, the Thunderbolt maintains the profile and overall shape of its donor car, while adding a number of tricks unique to Fisker’s style.
Up front, the Thunderbolt boasts a taller version of the familiar Aston Martin grille, inspired perhaps by the large mouth of the updated Rapide, along with a new lower bumper design.
Despite retaining the Aston grille, Fisker stresses there is no relationship with the legendary British marque.
"I wanted to create an elegant beautiful GT sports coupe, with pure emotional sculpture, that would stay timeless," Fisker, adding that the Thunderbolt concept is "in no way affiliated with, sponsored or endorsed by Aston Martin".
Flanking the signature Aston grille ar enew leaf-shaped headlights, replacing the Vanquish’s regular lamps, and new bonnet vents can also be seen.
The trademark wing-like tail lamps have been erased from the Thunderbolt’s rump, replaced with slender new units reminiscent of the Fisker Karma’s lights.
There’s also a redesigned vent behind the front wheels, shaved into a new door design that flows through to re-profiled and sharpened skirts.
The Danish designer has set his Thunderbolt apart from the Vanquish further with a unique design for the D-pillar and rear window, sharpening the former and enlarging the latter.
In the cabin, there’s a custom-fitted Panasonic tablet display and bespoke trim options.
Fisker has no official plans to put the Thunderbolt into production, although he said this week that a positive response to the concept could see a limited number built for customers.
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