Aston Martin DBR22: an open cockpit concept and a V12 engine

Aston Martin DBR22: an open cockpit concept and a V12 engine

Aston Martin will unveil the DBR22 concept, a V12-powered two-seater open-cockpit sports car, at this week’s Monterey Car Week in California.

It’s the latest in a series of projects launched by Q’s bespoke division, which this year is celebrating a decade of building exclusive cars for its clients. And what could be nicer than celebrating this newcomer with a very special model.

In fact, the DBR22 has a completely new body. Aesthetically, it includes a grille that incorporates a “carbon fiber” design – inspired by the DBR1 and DB3S.

Aston Martin DBR22 an open cockpit concept and a V12

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Among other notable elements, the DBR22 features 21-inch 14-spoke wheels and the concept features a fully bespoke color palette.

From leather to carbon fiber

The cockpit fuses both contemporary and classic styles, the builder mentions. The cabin has lots of leather elements, but also carbon fiber – including the seats, center console and dashboard.

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For Aston Martin, this is also an opportunity to showcase its new instrumentation and streamlined multimedia system.

Twin gondolas rise behind the seats, improving airflow behind the driver’s and passenger’s heads. At the rear, the DBR22 concept features a thin horizontal strip of light that acts as illumination and extends across the full width of the vehicle.

3D printed parts

The DBR22 features a 3D printed rear subframe – a first for the manufacturer.

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The component consists of several 3D-printed aluminum parts, which are then glued together to form the subframe. The benefits are simple; it reduces weight without reducing structural rigidity.

Under the hood is a 5.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V12 that puts out 705 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. The 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) exercise is completed in 3.4 seconds and the top speed reaches 319 km/h. Everything is coupled to an eight-speed gearbox with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The Aston Martin DBR22 concept will be on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which runs from Friday 19th August to Sunday 21st August.

In the video: Antoine Joubert presents the Aston Martin DBX