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2017 – Aston Martin Vantage
The new version of Aston’s baby supercar will be revealed in full – and out of its camouflage suit – before the end of this year.
Expect it to arrive with AMG’s biturbo V8, tweaked by Aston, along with a ride and handling balance that’ll “knock your fillings out”, according to Aston boss Andy Palmer.
2018 – Aston Martin Vanquish
The next version of the new Vanquish will arrive at some point next year, to replace the – admittedly gorgeous – Vanquish S we have now (as seen above. Like we say, gorgeous).
It’ll be a DB11 turned up to, well, 11. We reckon on around 650bhp from Aston’s new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, more aggressive styling and much speed.
2018 – Aston Martin DB11 Volante
We’ll likely see the drop top version of the DB11 in a couple of years’ time. Expect all the usual DB11 trimmings, just with additional [insert painful convertible gag here].
That’s a prototype of it, above.
2019 – Aston Martin DBX
The year after the next Vanquish sees the introduction of the first-ever Aston Martin luxury crossover.
It’ll be built in Wales at a brand new plant, and – according to Palmer – will both reduce the average fleet emissions, and attract different buyers to the Aston Martin brand.
Don’t forget, every luxury carmaker worth their salt is making a luxury crossover: Porsche, Audi, Maserati and Lamborghini, for instance. Who’d bet against Aston’s being up there with the best of them?
2019 – Aston Martin Valkyrie
The Valkyrie is Aston Martin’s shout-from-the-rooftops car. We can’t do it justice by surmising it in a few pithy paragraphs, so best to click the link below for the full story.
But, were we to surmise the Valkyrie in one sentence, it is thus: it is a nutjob F1 car for the road, and track, with a V12 and aero that’ll make your head spin (but not the car, hopefully).
2020 – An Aston Martin mid-engined supercar
“In our core range,” Andy Palmer told TopGear.com earlier this year, “we peak out with the Vanquish. We need to get something between the Vanquish and the Valkyrie.
“Therefore, I’d like to make a mid-engined sports car, a [Ferrari] 488 competitor above the £200,000 mark,” he added.
Wowsers. The proposed mid-engined Aston will take design cues from the Valkyrie, and a ‘working assumption’ that Red Bull ace Adrian Newey will contribute his talent once the Valkyrie is complete. “We need him to breathe down onto this project too,” Palmer confirmed. “It needs that touch.”
Expect it to have AMG’s 4.0-litre biturbo V8, though he has the twin-turbo V12 up his sleeve should the mood arise. Plenty of scope for tackling Ferrari’s 488, McLaren’s 720S, and Lambo’s Huracan…
V12 moods are the best kinds of mood, we proffer.
2021/2022 – Aston Martin Lagonda
The Lagonda brand was reignited a while back (with the Taraf, above), and Aston will base two new models on the DBX’s bonded aluminium platform in St Athan.
“They will bring an alternative view of the market,” he told us. “Saloons are dying, everybody is in an SUV these days, even Rolls-Royce and Bentley are demonstrating that.
“We’re not constrained by the need to have a sedan, but you need to be able to offer a formal car – it’s this that’s igniting the tastebuds of Marek [Reichmann, Aston design chief] at the moment,” he added.
So he’s got ‘place holders’ for two cars. You’re looking at – potentially – a saloon and an SUV, the first arriving in 2021, the second the following year.
2023 – Aston Martin DB12
The cycle starts all over again six years from now with the DB11’s replacement.
What are you most looking forward to? And, what would you like Aston Martin to build alongside this?