The British automaker is planning an entire range of mid-engine sports cars.
Speaking to Car and Driver at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed a mid-engined supercar is being planned that will be the start of a completely new model range, positioned below the Valkyrie hypercar. “Valkyrie is the start of a mid-engine dynasty, if you want to call it that,” said Palmer. “The reason we’re doing it is to create a halo car, but also to create DNA for a mid-engined sports-car range.”
For now, Palmer didn’t share many details on what exactly “range” entails – it could be separate models or a family of variants, or both – but he did say that a project is currently in the design studio. Unfortunately, it’s not a sure bet as the British automaker has to continue hitting its sales and revenue targets before the project can move onto the engineering stage.
If it does become a reality however, look for the new mid-engined supercar to debut in late 2020 and like the Valkyrie, the Red Bull Racing Formula 1 team will be involved with its development. Palmer hinted that the supercar would be built around a V12 engine rather than an AMG-sourced V8, adding that a likely rival to the car would be the Ferrari F12berlinetta.