Aston Martin reveals its monster V12 engine two-seater design

The powerful car comes to celebrate the Q division’s 10th anniversary.
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Aston Martin DBR22
Aston Martin DBR22

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  • Aston Martin unveiled a stunning two-seater open cockpit concept.
  • Design concept celebrates 10th anniversary of Aston Martin’s Q division.
  • DBR22 features a 3D-printed rear subframe.

British luxury carmaker Aston Martin has revealed a new design concept called the DBR22, celebrating the 10th year of production model Q.

Aston Martin reveals its monster V12 engine two-seater design
Aston Martin DBR22
Aston Martin 

As you might have noticed, we have been focused on electric vehicles lately. But we couldn't miss this old-school internal combustion engine-powered Aston Martin.

Since it's an Aston Martin, the V12-engined two-seater coach-built design concept, DBR22 also forms the basis of a production reality example for an ultra-exclusive number of Q by Aston Martin customers.

The DBR22 is inspired by Aston's legendary open-cockpit race cars, including the Le Mans-winning DBR1 and its predecessor, the DB3S. DBR22 draws from Aston Martin’s heritage but uses this inspiration to create a truly contemporary design.

Aston Martin reveals its monster V12 engine two-seater design
Aston Martin DBR22
Aston Martin 

By mating the classic art of coachbuilding with advanced materials and cutting-edge manufacturing technologies, DBR22 is a perfect blend of design purity, engineering precision, heart-pounding performance, and genuine passion. It is one of the rarest Aston Martins in the company’s 109-year history.

The Aston Martin DBR22 is powered by the company’s 5.2-liter V12 twin-turbo AE31 engine. An open horseshoe vent in the hood cools the motor.

Aston Martin reveals its monster V12 engine two-seater design
Aston Martin DBR22
Aston Martin 

The engine, which pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, produces 705 horsepower (518 kilowatts) and 555 pound-feet (753 Newton-meters) of torque, giving the DRB22 a 0-60 mph (0-100kph) time of around 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph (319kph).

Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, added, “We set our design systems to ‘hyper-drive,’ pushing the exploration of formalism further and endeavoring to express a future here today. DBR22 is a hot-blooded, purebred Aston Martin sports car full of speed, agility, and spirit, and a machine that we think will be the basis of many of tomorrow’s icons.”

The DBR22 features a 3D printed rear subframe – the first time Aston Martin has introduced such a method. The component is made from multiple 3D printed parts printed from aluminum, then bonded to form the finished subframe. This method's advantages are significant weight saving and no stiffness reduction, and the ability to make unique parts for ultra-low volume models when required.

On the inside, Q offers supple, aromatic leather and carbon-fiber performance seats, giving a luxurious feeling throughout.

Roberto Fedeli, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, said, “Technology is pivotal in the construction of DBR22, with extensive use of carbon fiber throughout and the use of 3D printing for the manufacture of a structural component. As such, DBR22 showcases Aston Martin’s unique capabilities, with world-class design combined with an agile, intelligent approach to engineering and production.”

The DBR22 will be on display at the 2022 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance from Friday through Sunday. But don’t be too excited about owning one, as the expected price of this car is around $1.8 million.

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