Aston Martin’s Andy Palmer has confirmed that a mid-engine model is under development. The new sports car will arrive in 2021 and will be the company’s first mid-engine V12 offering.
“The mid-engined V12 488 rival would bring true beauty to the segment and that function would follow form,” Palmer said. Red Bull’s Adrian Newey who has designed the Valkyrie could also work on Aston’s next supercar.
A V8 was earlier thought to be on cards, however a mid-engine V12 supercar would certainly shake up the segment. It will Aston Martin’s answer to cars like the future McLaren 720S and the replacement to the 488 GTB.
Aug 7, 2016
According to Autocar, a brand new mid-engine Aston Martin V8 supercar will be launched by 2022. It’s part of Aston Martin’s planned product blitzkrieg which includes six other models. The mid-engine V8 rival to the Ferrari 488 GTB will be launched at the end of the what’s been termed as Aston’s “second century plan”.
As part of Aston’s partnership with AMG, the British brand will receive AMG’s twin-turbo V8 for its upcoming sports cars. The 2022 supercar will probably use a similar turbocharged engine.
Aug 5, 2016
The current Aston Martin range consists of front-engine rear-wheel drive sports cars like the Vantage, DB11 and Vanquish. Soon, a mid-engine supercar is set to join the line up.
Aston Martin’s “second century plan”
This was confirmed by the top boss Andy Palmer while speaking with Motor Trend. “I’d be interested (when AM-RB 001 is) done in developing beyond that into something that’s slightly more mainstream that could be driven by more people,” said Palmer.
The British marque just revealed their new hypercar- the AM-RB 001 which is being developed by Adrian Newey of Red Bull racing. It is this halo car that will spawn a cheaper mid-engine supercar. Aston Martin’s new mid-engine supercar will rival the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB, McLaren 650S and the likes.
Source: Motor Trend