Aston Martin VH platform

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The VH Platform (for vertical/horizontal platform) is Aston Martin's automobile platform that underpinned their grand tourers and sports cars. It served as the basis for Aston Martin's production cars up until the introduction of the Aston Martin DB11 in 2016, which featured an all-new bonded-aluminium platform that would underpin future Aston Martins.[1] The VH platform was used in all of Aston Martin's lineup at the time excluding the One-77,[2] which uses Carbon Architecture and the Cygnet[3] which is based on the Toyota iQ. There are four variations of the VH platform.


Pre-VH Vanquish and VH Generation I[edit]

The original first-generation Aston Martin Vanquish used an advanced and complex carbon fiber and aluminium chassis that predated the VH platform. However, experience building the V12 Vanquish led Aston Martin to develop a simpler platform that would go on to underpin all future Aston Martins. While the original V12 Vanquish is not considered to be a VH platform car, some consider it to be the "Ur-VH" platform vehicle as elements of the Vanquish evolved into the VH architecture.[4]

The first true VH Chassis made its debut in the Aston Martin DB9 in 2004, and has underpinned the DB9 through the course of its production run from 2004 to 2016. It was refined in 2008 for the 2009 model year DB9, and again in 2012 for the 2013 model year DB9 where it shared carbon fibre components and hardware technology from the Generation IV architecture that underpinned the second-generation Vanquish in 2012.

VH Generation II[edit]

The second VH platform underpinned the 2005 Aston Martin V8 Vantage and its V12 and S variants, as well as the bespoke Aston Martin DB10 concept car for the James Bond film Spectre. The DB10 was based on the V8 Vantage chassis albeit with modifications, as it featured a longer wheelbase and is nearly as wide as the Aston Martin One-77. The Generation II platform was also used in the 2007 Aston Martin DBS, and the 2011 Aston Martin Virage.

VH Generation III[edit]

The third VH platform underpinned the Aston Martin Rapide. The platform differs from the first two as it is longer to accommodate the longer four door body.[5]

VH Generation IV[edit]

Based on VH Generation II, Generation IV underpinned the second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish that was introduced in 2012. It is based on the Carbon Architecture found in the One-77 and uses far more carbon fibre in its design than previous VH Chassis.[6] This is the final iteration of the VH platform, as the Aston Martin DB11 introduced in 2016 features an all-new riveted and adhesive-bonded aluminium platform that shifts the emphasis from extrusions to stampings to create more cockpit space which would also underpin future Aston Martin models.[7]


  1. ^ Duff, Mike (1 March 2016). "2017 Aston Martin DB11 Revealed!". Car and Driver. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Carbon Architecture".
  3. ^ "Cygnet".
  4. ^ "V12 Vanquish".
  5. ^ "VH Architecture".
  6. ^ "Vanquish".
  7. ^ Robinson, Aaron (August 2016). "2017 Aston Martin DB11". Car and Driver. Retrieved 30 January 2018.

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