Luxury sports cars still matter.
Big things are happening at Aston Martin. Not only is the marque set to return to Formula 1 racing with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel as its star driver, but its road car division has expansion plans. The Aston Martin DBX and its upcoming new variants will lead this charge. Luxury SUVs of all shapes and sizes are what's hot right now, and Aston Martin's performance capabilities coupled with Mercedes-AMG-sourced engines and other related technologies will help give a competitive edge against rivals like Porsche and Bentley.
But it's also important not to forget two other models and their respective near-future plans. Speaking to Automotive News Europe, Aston Martin CEO Tobias Moers confirmed the Aston Martin Vantage and DB11 have not been forgotten.
"The Vantage roadster is doing really well and we have another variant to come in the next two weeks," he said. The identity of that variant remains unknown. We're keeping our fingers crossed it'll be a V12-powered version separate from last year's ultra-limited Speedster utilizing the DB11's 5.2-liter twin-turbo engine.
And speaking of the DB11, Moers also said to expect the facelifted model to debut by the end of 2022 or the beginning of 2023. Again, specific details were not provided though it'd be fair to expect a number of styling updates inside and out since everything dates back to the 2017 model year.
Moers is adamant there's a future for the firm's two front-engined sports cars despite the continued development of SUVs and the mid-engined Valhalla and Valkyrie. The latter, in particular, is going to be extremely limited in numbers and all examples have already been spoken for. The Valhalla is the future Ferrari F8 Tributo/SF90 Stradale fighter, rather than a grand tourer.
"The GT layout sports car segment for us is normally 3,500 to 4,000 cars and it has always been that size," the CEO added. That's a sizeable number of vehicles sold annually for Aston Martin and it'd make no sense to replace either at this time.