Aston Martin is Just Getting Started With Mid-Engine Sports Cars

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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.

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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.

More importantly however, the first supercar could mark the beginning of an entire range, with models targeting all sorts of exotics from Lamborghini, Ferrari and McLaren.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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