For the first time in its century-long history, Aston Martin is putting a mid-engine car into production. That car, the AM-RB 001 hypercar shown above, will only make its way to 175 customers. But fret not—the British sports car company has plans for a second mid-engine machine.
at the Toronto Auto Show, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed that the company will debut at least one subsequent mid-engine car after the AM-RB 001. the mid-engine sports car will arrive in 2020, following the 2018 launch of the new Vanquish and the 2019 launch of the DBX crossover.
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"[The AM-RB 001] pilots what would be our design DNA for a mid-engine car, which obviously implies that there's a mid-engine car in our future," Palmer told AutoGuide.
Without being so explicit, Palmer dropped similar hints about a mid-engine sports car when we spoke with him in the summer of 2016 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. When asked about the challenge of creating the firm's first mid-engine car, he told us that the AM-RB 001 "sets the benchmark for what a mid-engine Aston should feel like. No one knows, no one's ever really done one before, so we'll be starting the bloodline and defining exactly what that means."
Given what we've heard about the AM-RB 001 so far, it should be a great car to set the benchmark, combining advanced aerodynamics, composite materials, and a hybrid drivetrain featuring a 6.5-liter, 11,000-rpm naturally aspirated V12. Aston says it will be as fast as a modern F1 car on track. Not a bad place to start.
In addition to the aforementioned Vanquish, DBX and mid-engine car, that Aston will debut two sedans under the Lagonda brand in 2021 and 2022. And this year, Aston will introduce an all-new, AMG-powered Vantage, though it won't premiere at next month's Geneva Motor Show.
Palmer's tenure at Aston Martin has already seen big changes for the company. With the rumor of a second mid-engine sports car slotting underneath the outrageous AM-RB 001, it looks like Palmer isn't planning on slowing things down any time soon.