If Aston Marin can pull it off, we'll have some seriously special cars coming from Gaydon, England in no time.
We're already confident that Aston Martin is a car company that shouldn't change its recipe in order to keep appealing to the enthusiast nut cases of the world, but that doesn't necessarily mean it'll be successful in a grand touring market that's getting more sophisticated as it expands. It's why the British automaker has committed to unveiling more cars including the elusive AM-RM 001 supercar. Now, as a recent interview with CEO Andy Palmer by AutoGuide has uncovered, there's more where that came from.
At the Toronto Auto Show, the automotive publication sat down with the CEO and heard that the fruits of the AM-RB 001 project won't just be enjoyed by the 175 people who've put down a deposit for one. "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," Palmer told AutoGuide. Platform sharing does a great deal to lessen the amount of individuality within an automaker's lineup, but when we're talking limited run supercars, especially ones derived using formula one racing technology, we can't think of a better way to help spread the love than to migrate the hypercar's platform to what is likely to be a cheaper and more accessible supercar.
It's worth noting that the AM-RB 001 will be hitting dealership stocks around the time the new Vanquish and all-new DBX SUV make an appearance, meaning that customers looking for luxury vehicles with a heavy badge and looks to kill can now stray away from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Jaguar, Audi, and Mercedes, if anything, to get a different take on speedy British flair. Speculation rules that a subsequent mid-engine offering would probably be a mid-range supercar that could stick it to Ferrari and McLaren's middle of the pack vehicles and while it would be out of character for Aston Martin to do this, the Vulcan has proved to us that the company has what it takes to make a true performance track monster.
If Palmer and friends can mold this mid-engine supercar to use Aston Martin's grand touring heritage and blend it with this new generation of supercar, we're sure to have something special on our hands within the next few years.