This car is the car I've been holding back since around the time I designed the Vurig. It was, at the time, a very progressive design, but now that time has passed and I've used a LOT of design cues from it for other cars (not to mention the wave-hood was used by Infiniti), the design is a lot more... blah now. The Infiniti Q Concept I drew for the last competition was in effect a direct preview for this car, because I've been drawing the Vendetta a lot lately in order to get ready for this debut, so Vendetta lines sort of just worked themselves into the Infiniti Q. Anyway, you all should know that even though this car seems to copy a lot of cues from my various past designs, this car came first and if anything, I copied a lot of its design cues for other designs. It was drawn like this from the beginning and its been hell to wait til now to unveil it!!! Also, something about the rear view to me looks weird... Anyway, with that aside, here we go: Thursday, April 5, 2007
: JC unveils the ultimate expression of the brand and a revolutionary product, the Vendetta.
Every so often a car comes along that turns the car industry onto its head. Every so often, a car company comes along that does things the industry never expected. JC is that company. With the Vurig, bridged two classes, combining a hardcore racer and luxury sedan into one car, with a hatchback body and sleek coupe greenhouse. With the Voltaire, we created a new class, with a compact sports utility vehicle with the body of a sports car that drove like stink and still had the chops for the toughest trails.
Today, we will continue this trend. The next JC vehicle will redefine a class people previously had figured out. This vehicle is the Vendetta.
Stunning style, a culmination of JC design thus far.
The Vendetta was the first JC vehicle designed along with the Vurig before we debuted two years ago. The Vurig and Voltaire, and our concepts (especially the Volant II) were designed to build up to this event. The Vendetta is at once elegant yet brutal, luxurious yet sporty. It embraces everything JC stands for.
The front is simple, with only the JC trademark T-grille outline lining the hood opening. Straight on, the front view is visually widened by two large air ducts, sharp and squinty, which pushes out wider than the headlamps. The clashing relation between this design cue and the very serene hood, with dual wave forms crashing into the sharp fender peaks, sets the mood for the rest of the car.
The side sweeps up over the rear shoulder. Everything has a sharp sweepness to it. A functional brake duct in the rear quarter panel, along with the rising shoulder line, makes the Vendetta particularly visually powerful at the back wheel. A sweeping roof line and an equally graceful window line define the coupe-like design of this vehicle. At back, JC taillamps, previewed by the Volant II, have wave forms in them, reflected by the headlamps and to become a JC trademark design later. A sharp spoiler sticks out of the curvatures, defining the rear.
The design is pure JC in its ability to carry luxury and sport equally well. Like the Voltaire, the Vendetta is able to be a hardcore track-ready vehicle, as well as a heart-strikingly elegant boulevard cruiser.
Redefining the class through performance.
Though the design of the Vurig and Voltaire architecture and drivetrain seemingly work bespokely for each of those vehicles, they were both designed around the requirements to make the Vendetta reality.
What makes the performance of the Vendetta revolutionary? Three key figures: 300 horsepower/280 ft.lbs torque, curb weight of 3150 pounds, and, most importantly, standard AWD. The Vendetta uses the Vurig's 3.3.l I-6, producing 300 horsepower and 280 ft. lbs of torque in the application. It also cribs the AWD system introduced in the Vurig and perfected in the Voltaire. The unique lightweight structure and aluminum/steel binding process introduced in the Voltaire allows the lightweight 3150 pounds be possible. But don't think the Vendetta is all about borrowed pieces; it brings to the JC family an advanced, dual-clutch manumatic six-speed gearbox, in addition to the Honda-sourced slick-shifting six-speed manual. In both gearboxes, the Vendetta will hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. In addition, the Vendetta will share the Vurig's brakes in standard form, but the Sports model of the Vendetta will bring to the table brand new six-piston calipers provided by aftermarket tuner Endless. These brakes will find its way into the Vurig R and Voltaire H in the future as well.
The most important part of it all? Because JC has designed these Vurig and Voltaire parts around the Vendetta from the start, the Vendetta not only shines brilliantly as a performer, but is also cheaper than you would expect. This car benchmarks the Porsche Carrera 4, but it's main competition is the Infiniti G37 Coupe and BMW 335i. This car will come in at a base price of around $35,000, the only vehicle in its class with standard AWD, sequential dual-clutch gearbox, and supernatural dynamics made possible by these specifications, as well as curb weight and power delivery, that must be driven to understand.
Class-exclusivity shines through other aspects.
The Vendetta will be available in three flavors: Base, Luxury, and Sport. Though they each have a set listing of options, all options are also available separately through special order. The Vendetta has several options that will revolutionize the way other brands see their own options list.
For starters, the Vendetta comes with a class-exclusive panoramic roof, with the Luxury package (pictured on top). It allows the admittedly tight passenger compartment of four to open up and enjoy the view upwards. The new, advanced navigation system from the Voltaire can also be fitted. The car pictured on top has the base 10-spoke 18" wheels as well.
The Sports package is equally exciting. besides replacing chrome accents with dark chrome and smoked pieces, the sports package (pictured on the bottom) has larger, lightweight 19" Rays G-Games wheels (borrowed from the Vurig) and the aforementioned Endless brakes, with larger, slotted rotors. In addition, Tein provides a bespoke sports suspension. JC is also working with aftermarket companies to provide factory-backed tuner parts; besides the aforementioned parts, others such as K&N, Recaro, Tanabe, and WALD will provide intakes, seats, exhausts, and wheels to not only the Vendetta but the whole line in the future.
The Vendetta is the product of JC planning and design, and is the ultimate expression of the brand.
Hope you guys like it! Comments are very appreciated, as always.