Aston Martin unveils a seductive sports car for the world's elite.
Q by Aston Martin, the exotic automaker's bespoke division, is celebrating a decade of building ultra-exclusive exotica with the newly revealed DBR22. A two-seater open-cockpit sports car concept in the same vein as the Aston Martin V12 Speedster, the DBR22 follows other Q by Aston Martin commissions like the Vantage V600 and Vulcan. Although said to be a design concept, Aston Martin will likely build a handful of beautiful DBR22s for its most discerning customers. Underneath the sensuous hood is a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine making 705 horsepower. Without protection from the elements, the DBR22 isn't a practical machine. It was never meant to be, though; rather, this is a piece of art that can be occasionally enjoyed and displayed by the world's elite.
Revealed online in the third quarter of 2022 and shown publicly at the 2022 Monterey Car Week, the Aston Martin DBR22's official release date is unknown. Aston Martin merely says that the car will "become a production reality" for a small group of customers, so we may see it coming out in 2023. Even when that happens, production volumes are expected to be as low as 10 examples, so this will be an exceedingly rare and valuable machine.
The price of the 2023 Aston Martin DBR22 has been suggested to be around £1.8 million - that translates to a cost of around $2.16 million at current rates in the USA. Consider that other Q by Aston Martin models like the Vulcan sold for $2.3 million, so an MSRP in this region is hardly a surprise.
An exclusive car like this doesn't really have any direct rivals, but collectors may consider something like the Ferrari Monza SP2 - also extremely limited and also without a windshield - as a potential alternative.
Anything coming from the Q by Aston Martin division simply has to be impactful to look at, and this sports car doesn't disappoint. The Aston Martin DBR22's exterior is beautiful and recalls classic open-cockpit sports cars like the DBR1 and DB3S. The coach-built body's proportions are somehow both retro and modern at the same time, with muscular panels and curves in all the right places.
In front, there is a new grille with a carbon fiber design that moves away from the usual horizontal veins of other Astons. On the hood, there is a striking horseshoe vent that boosts airflow from the V12 below. One of the most eye-catching elements to the design are the twin nacelles that rise from behind the seats, again to aid airflow. Along the sides are stylish 21-inch wheels with 14 spokes, created specifically for the 2023 DBR22.
Moving to the rear, the new Aston Martin DBR22 sports car has a full-width light bar positioned above a perforated panel that assists with the exit of hot air. Large diameter tailpipes and an integrated diffuser complete the look.
The Aston Martin DBR22's colors include the new green hue seen here as a Paint to Sample option, but there will be very few limits for customers who eventually order a production model.
The Aston Martin DBR22's dimensions include a length of 178.1 inches, a width of 78.3 inches, and a height of 47 inches. Its wheelbase is 106.5 inches long. Yes, it's essentially the same size as the V12 Speedster.
What is unknown is the DBR22's curb weight, but the all-new carbon fiber bodywork should keep the weight reasonably low.
Like the Speedster, the Aston Martin DBR22's engine is a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12. The DBR22 has better specs, though, with 705 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. With an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, the DBR22 can accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 3.4 seconds before reaching a top speed of 198 mph. We're not sure what it feels like to travel at almost 200 mph without a roof or windshield, but it sounds like an experience that would leave one quite shaken.
A specific adaptive damper calibration and unique front/rear shear panels that are said to boost torsional rigidity will make the DBR22 great to drive, whether on normal roads or the track. For the first time on any Aston Martin, the rear subframe has been 3D printed. Aston claims that this method saves weight despite no reduction in stiffness.
Even when it reaches the production stage, the Aston Martin DBR22 will be so rare - and likely not road legal in the US - that it may never receive an official EPA rating. Fortunately, gas mileage estimates are unlikely to factor into the purchasing decision for prospective DBR22 customers. Another Aston Martin with a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 - the DBS - returns 14/22/17 mpg city/highway/combined. That provides a rough idea of what the DBR22's consumption could be like.
Far from a stripped-down racer, the Aston Martin DBR22's interior is beautifully crafted from top-quality leathers and exposed carbon fiber. Modern infotainment displays show key information for the driver, and there are physical buttons and knobs below for things like ventilation.
The Aston Martin DBR22's seats are carbon fiber performance items, but we'd bet that Q by Aston Martin will have a wide range of seat types, materials, and colors for customers to choose from inside. A lowline wind deflector is visible from behind the wheel, hopefully improving comfort somewhat considering the absence of a traditional windshield.
We don't expect the Aston Martin DBR22's cargo space to be enough for even quick runs to the grocery store, although we can't see owners of this car participating in such mundane activities anyway.