When you are named in honor of a Cold War bomber, that many feel to be the finest feat of British engineering of the 20th century, you have quite a lot to live up to. Aston Martin obviously took that into consideration when they were designing and building this incredible car know as the Vulcan.
To say that the Vulcan is a special edition would be an understatement, to say the least. This thing is actually the most powerful Aston ever built thanks to a naturally aspirated 7.0L V12 producing an astounding 800hp! The noise this car makes deserves to be inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame. If there was such a thing as automotive audio porn this would be one of the greats. Let’s talk this sound this thing makes, it’s so loud that you can’t drive it anywhere in the United Kingdom. Not only because the car isn’t street legal, the Vulcan produces so much noise that it exceeds the decibel limit at all of the race tracks in the UK as well!
The Vulcan has been referred to as a “knuckle dragging caveman” by Top Gear’s Chris Harris because of its ferocious acceleration and ability to take corners at breakneck speeds. It’s basically a race car and even if they make it look like it’s a car out of a science fiction movie, the wings and flares actually serve one major purpose, downforce. At 200 mph the Vulcan produces its body weight of downforce which theoretically would allow the car to travel upside down at those speeds. What that equates to in the real world is traction, 0-60 takes less than 3 seconds and will pull well over 200 mph before its done. The cornering is where the car really shines, the downforce allows the front end to dig in while the 800hp rips your face off.
Like I said before, it’s basically a race car and one look at the interior and you immediately know the Vulcan means business. Full five-point racing harness, racing seats, it even has a Formula 1 style steering wheel. One of the coolest things about the interior has to be the “power dial”, where it has three different power output settings. For first time drivers, Aston Martin recommends that you use setting 1 which provides a mild 550hp. But let’s be honest, anyone that drives that car should absolutely flip it to setting 3 which opens up all 800hp and give it hell.
Here comes the bad news though, only 24 of these beauties will be made and at a cost of 1.8 million British pounds ($2.6 million) you better be wiling to shell out some serious coin to get one. It takes a very specific breed of person to pay that kind of money for a car that is illegal to drove anywhere in its home country as well as every road in the United States. Not sure on the noise limits at American tracks, but either way the only way you are getting behind the wheel is if you take it to the track. After seeing how good it looks, and how fast it is, and maybe most importantly how incredible it sounds, I would absolutely be one of those people.