Aston Martin has unveiled the DBR22, a coach-built concept paying homage to the British marque’s “extraordinary” bloodline of open-top racing cars, such as the DBR1 and DB3S. Simultaneously, the V12-engined creation’s design concept celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Gaydon-based luxury brand’s bespoke division, Q. 

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Aston Martin states, “By mating the classic art of coachbuilding with advanced materials and cutting-edge manufacturing technologies, [the] DBR22 is a perfect blend of design purity, engineering precision, heart-pounding performance and true passion … All underlined by the knowledge it is one of the rarest Aston Martins in the marque’s rich 109-year history.”

“With classic proportions and immaculate, muscular curves, [the] DBR22 unashamedly speaks of tradition – specifically Aston Martin’s lifelong lineage of world-beating two-seater open-cockpit sportscars such as the DBR1 and DB3S — but expresses it with a dynamic new take on this compelling theme,” said the firm. 

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With the DBR22, Aston Martin wants to showcase a “completely new” body form. The bodywork is crafted from a “minimal” number of panels to create a more sculpted and muscular presence. The result, the automaker says, is a “smooth” and “effortless” blend of “exceptional drama” and “elegance”. A notable feature is the “entirely new” front grille, incorporating a “unique” carbon-fibre design in place of the usual veins seen on the carmaker’s series-production cars.

The bonnet features a “dramatic” horseshoe air vent to provide airflow to the DBR22’s 5.2-litre V12. Coupled with an eight-speed automatic, the twin-turbocharged petrol unit produces 526 kW and 753 Nm. Aston Martin claims a 0-60 mph (0-96.6 km/h) sprint time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 319 km/h. The firm says the engine promises to provide “intense” sensory stimulation. 

Attention has also been given to the chassis structure. The “unique” front and rear shear panels increase torsional rigidity, with a bespoke calibration for the adaptive dampers providing precision and pliancy for a blend of body control and ride refinement “that will make the DBR22 an absolute pleasure to drive – on road or racetrack”. The DBR22 also features a 3D-printed rear subframe.