New Aston Martin DBR22 Is A Topless V12-Powered Brawler

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The limited-edition DBR22 celebrates 10 years of the Q branch.

This is the all-new Aston Martin DBR22 concept, and it will make its debut at the upcoming Monterey Car Week. It has already received the green light for production and will be available to limited Q by Aston Martin customers.

We initially thought it would be a more hardcore version of the Valhalla. Instead, the British brand is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its bespoke Q service by introducing this bespoke coach-built carbon fiber creation.

The DBR22 is an old-school Aston, powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12. It produces 705 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. Aston Martin says this big whack of power is enough to get it from 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 198 mph.

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The DBR22 also celebrates the brand's long bloodline of open-top racers. Like the V12 Speedster, the DBR22 was inspired by cars like the DBR1 and DB3S. Why no roof? So you can hear the monstrous V12 better. What happens when it rains? You use your other supercar. The DBR22 will be built in extremely limited numbers, and if you can afford one, there's a good chance you already have a DBX707.

The DB3S was first introduced in 1953, establishing Aston Martin as a serious contender in endurance racing. The DBR1 was its successor, winning Le Mans with Carrol Shelby and Roy Salvadori behind the wheel.

Taking inspiration from those two cars, Aston Martin's designers have come up with a contemporary take on the theme, featuring a minimal number of body panels to create a more sculpted, muscular presence.

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Aston Martin

If you're an Aston Martin fan, you'll note the grille is unlike anything we've seen on an Aston before. Instead of the usual veins, the DBR22 has a sculpted carbon fiber intake which is nearly identical to the grilles found on the DBR1 and DB3S.

Looking at the DBR22 from the side, you'll note the minimal body panels. Note how beautifully the hood lines flow from the grille, past the horseshoe vent and delicate side mirrors, and alongside the cockpit. The 14-spoke wheels were designed specifically for the DBR22 and feature a motorsport-derived center-lock hub.

The rear features a horizontal light graphic, large exhaust pipes, and an integrated diffuser. Aston Martin is also using the Monterey car to showcase its paint-to-sample talents.

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On the inside, Aston Martin continues the old meets new trend. You can see lots of leather and exposed carbon fiber. The dashboard and infotainment screen is unique and not carried over from an existing model. Behind the seats, you'll note twin nacelles which smooth the airflow behind the driver and passenger's heads.

Unlike the V12 Speedster, there is at least a hint of a windscreen. Whether this tiny shield is enough to make it road legal in the USA remains to be seen. We know McLaren had to do extensive work to the Elva to make it street legal in certain states.

That being said, the DBR22 does not look like the kind of roadster you'd want to drive without a helmet.

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While the exterior is impressive, the stuff underneath is possibly even more remarkable. The DBR22 has a 3D-printed rear subframe, something entirely new for Aston Martin. It's not one piece, however. The subframe is made of several parts printed from aluminum, which are then bonded together. According to Aston Martin, this method saves a lot of weight without compromising stiffness. It's also the perfect solution for low-volume models like the DBR22.

"Technology is pivotal in the construction of DBR22," says Roberto Fedeli, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, "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. For a car that was designed to celebrate the ultimate bespoke customization service, the engineering developments mean DBR22 truly has the dynamic theatre to match, ensuring the drive is just as addictive as its looks."

The DBR22 design concept will be on display at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance from Friday 19-Sunday 21 August.

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