“Imitation Is The Best Form Of Flattery”: Ferrari Takes A Dig At Aston Martin’s New Supercars

Aston Martin has made no secret of the fact that it is going after Ferrari, among others, with its forthcoming range of supercars and hypercars. Is Ferrari concerned? Of course not!

Talking to Autocar, Ferrari chief executive Louis Camillieri indicated that he is welcoming of Aston Martin joining the mid-engine performance car party: “Imitation is the best form of flattery. We’re flattered,” he said. Which could be interpreted as a tongue-in-cheek reference that the Brits are only now joining the fray, whereas the Italians have been doing it for a very long time.

The first new-age Aston Martin supercar that will chase after Ferrari will be the new Vanquish. Revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in Vision Concept guise, the mid-engined Vanquish will directly rival the Ferrari F8 Tributo and McLaren 720S.

As development of the vehicle is still ongoing, the British car manufacturer hasn’t yet provided any specifications. However, it is expected that the production car will utilize a powerful V6 hybrid powertrain with in excess of 700 hp, putting it in the right up in the backyard of its Italian and British rivals.

However, Ferrari has long reigned supreme over this segment of the supercar market and is confident the new F8 Tributo will take over from where the 488 GTB left off and snatch the crown from McLaren’s 720S. Powering the F8 Tributo is a twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 delivering 710 hp and 568 lb-ft (770 Nm) of torque, allowing the for a 2.9-second sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) and a top speed of 211 mph (340 km/h).

The Aston Martin Vanquish is still a few years away from hitting the streets, giving the marque ample time to develop the supercar into an industry leader. Whatever Aston Martin cooks up, however, it will sure go up against some stiff competition.

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  • Ruel Lewis

    I mean whoever buys these probably own both anyways.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Aston is a elite brand as is Ferrari!!!

  • An Existing Person

    I would be scared if I were Ferrari. Aston has been absolutely killing it lately, more so than Ferrari who has gotten way too comfortable.

    • donald seymour

      Long time no see long name, but I agree with you completely. The innovation appears not to be there. McLaren just about hit Ferrari where it hurts.

      • Steel Punk

        Ferrari was finished after it went public. The company was always pushing the envelope. Now it’s trailing McLaren and soon Aston as well.

    • Mark Hawthorne

      Only in PR. Look at the short and medium term and the risks of any new product failing to meet expectations and they are in a precarious position relying on limited editions to survive.

  • Six_Tymes

    Looks good

  • carsmofo

    He didn’t have to go there. That’s really lack of class.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Aston is class – Ferrari is tacky

  • SteersUright

    These renderings look better than any Ferrari, so they should be worried.

  • GobbleUp

    Says the company making lame sounding 488 and f8 which is from a 2010 458.

    • Eagle By Singer

      Took the words right out of my mouth

    • TheAmerican2point0

      Well Aston is using a v6… so they’ll both sound lame

  • Steel Punk

    lol Aston isn’t immitating Ferrari. Aston is actually building new cars instead of rehashing 10 year old cars.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Yes I do. James Bond drives an Aston…Hairy chested medallion men drive Ferraris.

    • Bob

      I lol’d

  • TheAmerican2point0

    Doesn’t matter who designed it. The fact is that currently, McLaren is better than Ferrari

  • KenjiK

    What a stupid thing to say. They are making a mid engine car so they are imitating ferrari? Can someone remind this guy who ferrari imitated on the very same subject?

  • enthusia

    Save for maybe the gtc4 lusso, Ferrari hasn’t designed an appealing car since the 599, in my opinion. This aston looks sleek and I’m excited to see the final product.

  • RobPul

    Ferrari is an F1 company selling 8K+ cars/year with $4bn revenues (and constantly growing) and 20%+ margin
    Aston Martin has gone bankrupt 7 times, sells 5k cars/year with $1b revenues and 15% margin
    Copying Ferrari won’t be enough…

  • benT

    Ferrari was front engine until Jack Brabham of Australia made the rear engine a mandatory design for any Formula car at GP, Indianapolis and Ferrari.

  • Shobin Drogan

    Big deal, you mean to tell me there aren’t anybody who used to be working at other car companies before they work at Ferrari?

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