Aston Martin could have a few surprises up its sleeve for Geneva. Let’s hope the production Valkyrie is one of them.
We’re now just one week away from the Geneva Motor Show. As usual, there’s a long list of significant car debuts to look forward to, but some manufacturers are remaining quieter than others. The Ferrari 488 Pista and 2019 Porsche 911 GT3 RS have already broken cover before their motor show debuts, but Aston Martin has remained tight lipped. Ahead of the show, the automaker has announced its 2018 Geneva line-up, and if the mouth-watering range that will be on display wasn’t already exciting enough, there could also be a few surprises in store.
“It’s always a proud moment to see the fruits of the company’s efforts on show in one place, but this year’s Geneva Show promises to be extra special,” said CEO Andy Palmer. “Who knows, we may even have one or two surprises in store.” What could those surprises be? We’re hoping to finally see the production-spec Valkyrie hypercar developed in collaboration with Red Bull. After all, it’s been nearly two years since the original AM-RB 001 concept was first revealed. Aston Martin has also been showing off images of the near-final production version, so the time seems right for the automaker to reveal the Valkyrie customers will be receiving in early 2019.
For the mass market, an updated DBX crossover concept could also be on the cards, since the final model is expected to launch in either the 2019 or 2020 model year. Aston Martin also revealed an eye-catching bespoke DB11 designed by the company’s Q branch at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, so we wouldn’t be surprised if another limited edition model is shown this year. Highlighting Aston Martin’s 2018 Geneva Motor Show line-up will of course be the all-new AMG-powered Vantage. Joining it will be Aston Martin Racing’s new Vantage GTE race car and new Red Bull F1 car sporting a new 2018 livery, as well as the DB11 Coupe and Volante, which will be shown together for the first time.
“Geneva is a highlight of the industry calendar and a motor show with a rich history and great atmosphere,” Palmer added. “It’s an indication of Aston Martin’s growth that we have adopted a new stand location for 2018: one that affords us the extra space we need to display our growing range. I’m especially excited to see how people react to the new Vantage. We also have the recently launched and extremely beautiful DB11 Volante on the stand, and I’m certain motorsport fans will be thrilled to see Aston Martin Red Bull Racing F1 car and Aston Martin Racing’s all-new Vantage GTE World Endurance Championship challenger.”