First look at the open-cockpit Aston Martin DBR22

First look at the open-cockpit Aston Martin DBR22

British car manufacturer Aston Martin has a long heritage of creating sought-after open-cockpit cars, from the DBR1 and DB3S of the 1950s to the modern Vantage Speedster. Now it’s doubling down on these super-rare offerings with the equally limited Aston Martin DBR22.

Debuting at Monterey Car Week, the new DBR22 celebrates the 10th anniversary of Q by Aston Martin, the same division responsible for the one-off Aston Martin Victor, the limited-to-24 Vulcan and the even rarer Vantage V600. The design concept shown at Monterey and in the gallery above will make up the realized production car, which is said to be one of the rarest machines the marque has made in its 109-year history and will only be available to a select number of Q by Aston Martin customers, meaning only the brand’s crème de la crème of clientele will be offered the DBR22.

Following the manufacturer’s open-cockpit heritage, the DBR22 presents itself as an open-air two-seater hypercar underpinned by new technologies and design concepts. In particular, a minimal amount of body panels have been used to keep the car sleek yet muscular, while a bodywork philosophy has been used to ensure that every detail is meticulously crafted. From a brand new carbon fiber grille to a dramatically lengthened hood that features a horseshoe vent, everything is written to draw the eye to the cab, while extending behind this are two aerodynamic scoops that blend into the rear end. Here you’ll find a slim, full-length light bar that runs across the middle, splitting marks from the substantial diffuser and air vent.

Highlighting the car’s presence is a newly designed set of 14-spoke 21-inch wheels made exclusively for the DBR22, as well as bespoke carbon fiber treatments and a Q by Aston Martin-developed ‘Paint to Sample’ colorway which is again only available on this car.

It all comes together thanks to a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine that produces 715 HP and 753 Nm of torque, which is enough to send the rear-wheel-drive two-seater to 60 MPH in 3.4 seconds before reaching a top speed of 198 MPH . Weight savings come in the form of a 3D-printed aluminum rear subframe, the aforementioned lack of multiple panels and a heavy use of carbon fiber inside the cabin to keep things light yet luxurious.

Roberto Fedeli, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, said: “Technology is central to the construction of the DBR22, with extensive use of carbon fiber throughout, and the use of 3D printing for the production of a structural component. As such, the DBR22 showcases Aston Martin’s unique characteristics, with world-class design combined with a nimble, intelligent approach to engineering and manufacturing.For a car designed to celebrate the ultimate bespoke customization service, engineering advances mean the DBR22 truly has the dynamic theater to match, ensuring the drive is just as addictive like the look.”

Aston Martin will debut the DBR22 at the Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance from August 19-21. Take a closer look at the car above, and if you’re at the car show, be sure to check it out in real life.

Elsewhere in the automotive world, Porsche has recently rejected the Sally Cars into a realized Porsche 911 Carrera “Sally Special”.

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