Aston Martin is set to reveal a “new sports car” at this year’s Monterey Car Week in California, which runs from August 18 to 20.
At this stage the British luxury carmaker has remaining tight-lipped on what this new model will be exactly, but said it’s a new sports car. This likely rules out a new version of the DBX SUV.
One potential option that could be revealed is the convertible (Volante in Aston Martin-speak) version of the recently revealed DB12 grand tourer.
Aston Martin historically refers to the coupe and the convertible versions of its sports cars as separate models, which means the DB12 Volante could be the car set to be unveiled.
The Aston Martin DB12 coupe is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 500kW of power and 800Nm of torque. It’s mated to a retuned eight-speed automatic transmission with drive sent to the rear wheels only.
Aston Martin claims the DB12 coupe can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.6 seconds, and flat out you’ll be doing 325km/h. The convertible is likely to be incrementally slower due.
The DB12’s bonded aluminium structure has received a seven per cent increase in torsional stiffness compared to the DB11, with changes made to the engine cross brace, undertrays, front crossmember and rear bulkhead.
There’s a redesigned interior, with the most prominent change being the removal of the old Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment system and its trackpad for a new system, featuring a touchscreen, that Aston Martin says it developed in-house.
There are dual 10.25-inch screens and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Physical controls remain for things like drive mode selection, as well as seat heating and ventilation.
Other vehicles Aston Martin could reveal at this year’s Monterey Car Week include overhauled versions of the Vantage and DBS. The company has previously said it plans to hold eight launches over the next 24 months.
Beyond the new vehicle launch, Aston Martin will show off vehicles like the recently revealed Valour special-edition sports car, DB12, DBX707.
The British luxury carmaker will also offer “exclusive test drives” of the two lattermost vehicles.
As recently reported, the company plans to launch its first electric vehicle (EV) with the help of Lucid by 2025.
Aston Martin is also aiming to have its “core range” fully electrified by 2030.