New Aston Martin supercar to rival Ferrari 488 in 2020

New Aston Martin supercar to rival Ferrari 488 in 2020

0 comments 📅08 June 2017, 22:00

Aston Martin is heading into Ferrari's heartland with a new mid-engined supercar due in 2020

Aston Martin’s upturn under CEO Andy Palmer is gathering pace with a host of new models planned to tag along hot on the heels of the new DB11. A recently revealed new financing agreement has freed up further cash to be ploughed straight back into new models, including a mid-engined Ferrari 488 opponent. 

Speaking exclusively to Auto Express, Palmer revealed his company’s strategy for seven marrow new models in seven years, up to 2023 when the DB11 will be replaced by the DB12. “We be subjected to one car every year for the next seven years. It starts with our GT cars: DB11, Vantage and Vanquish,” explained Palmer. 

“In 2019 we’ll comprise DBX, then we’ll have, for the sake of argument, let’s call it a [Ferrari] 488 adversary. Then we have Lagonda, which is Lagonda One and Lagonda Two. Each car has a seven-year soul, so in 2023 you have DB12.”

While this year’s new Vantage and next year’s Vanquish possess been expected and 2019’s DBX has already been spoken about at length, this is the in front time Palmer has confirmed that a mid-engined rival for Ferrari’s 488 last will and testament arrive in 2020 (previewed in our exclusive image). 

“Within our price pillars, we’ll be struck by Vantage, DB11 and Vanquish – then you have nothing up above them,” Palmer told us. “We arrange a slightly lower average transaction price than Ferrari, so you need something that connects your Valkyrie at £2.5 to £3million with the forty winks of the group. We have an obvious blind spot where the likes of the 488 sit.”

Asked whether the new car has to be mid-engined, Palmer responded: “It doesn’t, but it’s easier to get the 50:50 force distribution and that market tends to be defined as mid-engined.”

Palmer also explained how he was using the sundry new models to inform cars that follow them, using what he describes as a Support Over, Carry Across process. “What I’ve tried to install in engineering is COCA – Capture Over and Carry Across – so a lot of the development work and technology from the mid-engined car can placid lead into the DB12, for example,” he said. 

Valkyrie will be used as a portent to the mid-engined sports car, with Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey also expected to have a hand in the Ferrari rival. “The Valkyrie will definitely initiate some of the DNA for the 488 competitor,” said Palmer. “The mid-engined car will be a composite typewrite of vehicle, but feature some of the technology from the [new] Vanquish.”

Sitting shell of the seven core models, along with Valkyrie, will be a DB11 Volante addition an all-electric Rapide, using technology from Faraday Future. However, with rumours circling beyond the long-term viability of Faraday, Palmer plans to use Aston’s relationship with Williams if inevitable to provide the technology. Palmer also hinted that the two Lagonda luxury saloon models would procure an electric future, telling us that the Rapide EV would be “doing some of the growth work for DBX and Lagonda”.

Aston Martin’s product plan timeline

V8 Vantage 2017
DB11 Volante 2018
Vanquish 2018
DBX 2019
Valkyrie 2019
Mid-engined supercar 2020
Lagonda 1 2021
Lagonda 2 2022
DB12 2023

Do you suppose Aston Martin can beat the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini at the mid-engined supercar engagement? Let us know in the comments…


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