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2018 Aston Martin Vulcan Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2018 Aston Martin Vulcan

The motorsports are overwhelming when there is the show of power. Massive speed, fast acceleration, and neat handling enhance the heat of motorsports. It has been almost a century that cars have been created for the cause sports. Numerous remarkable improvements have been made throughout this tenure to make the cars perform better than their ancestors.

But there are even some cars that just carry on with the principles set firm by their predecessors. The Aston Martin Vulcan is one of that kind. That was 2015 when Aston Martin displayed this machine at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Marek Reichman was appointed to design this car. Well, he just twisted some nook and cranny of the other Aston Martins and introduced the Vulcan. The experts say that it is another follower of the Ferrari FXX-K. While mechanically there is too much difference between both the cars.

By the way, the Vulcan is a track legal car. And up till now, there has only been one street legal Vulcan found, which is based on aftermarket changes. It took almost 1 and a half year to modify this car to make it street legal. Well, theoretically, it takes around almost $820,000 to build one Vulcan. But after some sports detailing it tops 1 million. But the Vulcan is available for as low as 3 million US Dollars. It simply means that presently you can dream about this car, you cannot really have one unless you get it done for the streets. And if you have enough stock, then why not jump onto the tracks.

In 2017 the AMR Pro package was launched for the Vulcan. Though there are practically not modification packages available for the sporting vehicles. But Aston Martin introduced an aerodynamic enhancer for Vulcan.


7.0 L6 – speed sequential820 hp590 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
2.8s215 mphCoupe11 city/ 15 highway


Hood of 2018 Aston Martin Vulcan

The Aston Martin Vulcan is powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine. It is a 7.0 L engine, based on the concepts of the Aston Martin One-77. Well, it is a bit realistic kind of sporty engine with 820 horses galloping at 590 lb-ft of torque.

The Vulcan is based on the platform used in the One-77. The drivetrain response is evenly the same, but it gets a sportier suspension and tuning which makes it runs easily on the tracks. Well, there three different powering phases in this car. Precisely, there are three power modes to drive Vulcan. The first allows the car to run at 500 hp. The second one makes it touch 675. And finally, you can unleash the beast with 820 hp.

The Aston Martin Vulcan gets the conventional sports transmission. It’s not like that it is an automatic paddle shift gearbox. Or the manual that you can pound as per your wish. Actually it the sequential shift transmission system with 6-speed. Certainly, that is common among the sports cars.

Handling matters a lot whether you are driving on the street or at a track. The Vulcan has a pretty proactive type of handling. It responses well, turns sharply and slips less. Thanks to the limited slip differential that keeps this car stable on the track. And the big carbon ceramic brakes with 15-inch front and 14-inch rear clippers grip this car pretty sharply. It stops from 70-0 mph within 152 feet. If it was a street-legal car, then it would have been a marvelous record.

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2018 Aston Martin Vulcan Exterior

You would surely admire the design of Aston Martin Vulcan if you are sports frenzy. Otherwise, it would be just another rocket science and bat-mobile for you. The Vulcan gets the pretty handsome application o, the aerodynamics. Though you cannot compare it with the Vulcan Jet. But you can really put it into the comparison with other freaks on the track.

Well, it does not come with any extraordinary sports concept. But it has something like a large spoiler, a lot of carbon fiber and too much low height. This is just a few millimeters higher from the ground. The drag coefficient is quite perfect for the centripetal drill. And through the wind tunnel, it scores really well.

The front is the pretty acoustic type of sports configuration with sliding lid and overthrowing chambers. But the rear is much like the DB11 turned wild.


Interior of 2018 Aston Martin Vulcan

The Aston Martin Vulcan features the sports essential interior design. It does not come with any sort of luxury or comforting material. It gets everything that a sports driver need. Like, it has ducked sporty seats with side protection columns, sporty steering and the sporty steering wheel. Indeed it has everything sports inside. Well, we loved the steering wheel material. It is pretty soft and delightful.

Besides, the track version Vulcan, the street-legal version gets some luxury amenities for the interior. Actually, those are the replacements to make this car a street legal fella. But that is not what comes in stock.


Features of 2018 Aston Martin Vulcan

Do not think about an infotainment system in this car. Yeah, it comes with a handy radio with pretty awesome communications channels and clear voice. Then you do not need GPS or the navigation as you know the map for your track. How much you want to analyze the performance of Vulcan when you have your pit ready to take care of it.

But the aftermarket version gets pretty much inclusion of the handsome features of the music system, radio, navigation and the infotainment.


2018 Aston Martin Vulcan Safety

The Vulcan gets all the essentials that are required for the sporting. But for the street version, it has to be modified accordingly. Well, in the active safety column, the Vulcan gets the driver adjustable anti-lock braking system. Along with that, it has the variable traction control which changes as per the turf condition.



What do you need to challenge a sports car that is meant for tracks only? Definitely, you would think about a sports car to challenge it. Well, we brought in the majestic LaFerrari as the competitor of the Vulcan. The LaFerrari has performing abilities, good track record, and beautiful design. Along with that, it has a remarkable interior. And even it is a street legal Bella. The Vulcan does get a chance to give a hard time to LaFerrari while running. But it would never chase it with its interior and the technological features.

The Vulcan is a good track car. But if it was even settled for the streets, it might have done better than a number of hypercars present today.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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