Aston Martin’s first mid-engined supercar, the AM-RB 001 will be joined by more mid-engine sports car from the British marque as early as 2020.
While the AM-RB 001 has sold-out its entire 175-vehicle production run, company CEO Andy Palmer told reporters at the Toronto Auto Show in Canada at least one more mid-engined car will follow after the Mercedes-AMG powered Vanquish (due next year) and the DBX crossover which is slated for launch in 2019.
Mr Palmer said 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.”
It remains to be seen how much of the AM-RB 001’s composite construction, supreme aerodynamics and 6.5-litre V12 hybrid drivetrain flow-on to the next mid-engined Aston Martin.
According to Automotive News, Aston Martin also has two new sedans, badged as Lagondas, in the pipeline and scheduled for launch in 2021 and 2022. Combined with the new Vantage that tallys-up to seven new Aston Martin models within seven years.
Mr Palmer told reporters in Toronto that the new models are key planks as the company strives to increase sales in North America. Signing New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady (the star of the recent Superbowl) and tennis star Serena Williams to drive Aston Martins are two moves to leverage greater brand awareness in the U.S.
Citing Daimler’s 5.0 per-cent stake in Aston Martin, Mr Palmer said the partnership stretched beyond the supply of engines from AMG and named lane departure warning, self parking, and valet parking systems as relevant technologies for the British sports car brand.