Aston Martin preps for SUV, electrification
Aston Martin has been busy.
In the midst of bringing seven vehicles in seven years to market, the redesigned Vantage has been launched and the DBS Superleggera entered its first year of production.
There's no slowdown in sight with a wide variety of new product on the horizon, ranging from a hypercar to the brand's first SUV.
The British automaker is also set to begin offering more electrified models, starting with the Rapide E and debuting its all-electric Lagonda brand in 2021.
Vantage: The brand entry point was redesigned for the 2019 model year and has big shoes to fill, as the Vantage nameplate is its largest seller historically. On sale now, the Vantage starts in the $150,000s, and likely will become the brand's volume model. The Vantage is powered by a Mercedes-AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine, good for 503 hp, paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. A manual transmission is expected by year end, and a convertible variant is likely to arrive by the end of 2019.
DB11: The DB11 lineup has been bulked up and is offered for the 2019 model year in three variants: a V-8 coupe, a V-8 convertible and a V-12 coupe known as the DB11 AMR. The AMR gets a 5.2-liter V-12 engine with 630 hp, an increase of 30 hp over the previous V-12 offering.
DBS Superleggera: Joining the Aston Martin lineup in 2018 is the brand's new flagship model, the DBS Superleggera, which replaces the Vanquish S. Aston Martin used the DB11 as its starting point but increased performance.Its V-12 engine gets 715 hp,and the automaker cut weight thanks to carbon fiber body panels. The face also has a wider, deeper grille to distinguish it from the DB11. A convertible version is expected in 2019.
Rapide E: Aston will turn its four-door model into a full electric vehicle. The Rapide E is set to launch by the end of 2019 with just 155 units planned. The company has not released performance data or prices for the Rapide E, but CEO Andy Palmer previously said the car will cost around $260,000. The Rapide E will use battery packs supplied by Hyperbat, a joint venture between the engineering arm of the Williams Formula One racing team and manufacturing and logistics specialist Unipart.
Midengine supercar: Aston's first midengine supercar is expected around 2020, giving the automaker a vehicle to compete nose to nose with Ferrari's 488 and McLaren's 720S. It will feature a hybrid system paired with a V-6 gasoline engine. Looks will likely be borrowed from the Valkyrie hypercar.
Valkyrie: The hypercar developed with Red Bull Racing will be limited to just 150 units with an additional 25 designated only for track use when it arrives in 2019. Performance and price will be extreme: It will be powered by a V-12 engine with more than 1,000 hp and cost from $2.7 million to $4 million.
Lagonda sedan: At this year's Geneva auto show, Aston displayed the Lagonda Vision concept to tease what the production model will look like. With the Lagonda sedan, Aston is looking to reach Bentley and Rolls-Royce customers. Production is scheduled for 2021 with an arrival in 2022.
DBX: After stoking the fires for years, Aston's foray into the SUV market is almost here. The symbol of the automaker's Second Century business plan from 2015 was the DBX concept, Simon Sproule, chairman of the Americas at Aston, told Automotive News this year, calling such a model a "natural bedfellow" for the automaker's sports cars. The SUV is set to launch by the end of 2019 and will likely be given Varekai as its production name.
The five-door SUV is expected to retain the muscular shape from the DBX concept and will be available only as a gasoline model. Aston is likely to offer its own turbocharged V-12 as well as a turbocharged V-8 supplied by Daimler's AMG performance arm.
Lagonda SUV: The SUV will be the first model from Aston's all-electric Lagonda brand, arriving in 2021. Designwise, Aston said it will feature an "evolution" of the design language that debuted with the Lagonda Vision Concept. The Lagonda SUV will be separate from the Aston branded SUV.
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