First look at the open cockpit Aston Martin DBR22

British automaker Aston Martin has a long tradition of creating sought-after open-cockpit cars, from the DBR1s and DB3s of the 1950s to the contemporary Vantage Speedster. Now it’s doubling down on those super rare offerings with the equally limited Aston Martin DBR22.

Introduced 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 limit-to-24 Vulcan and the even rarer Vantage V600. The design concept shown in Monterey and in the gallery above will form the completed production car, which is said to be one of the rarest machines the brand has made in its 109-year history and will only be available for a limited number. Q by Aston Martin customers, which means that only the crème de la crème of the brand’s clientele will be offered the DBR22.

Following the automaker’s open cockpit heritage, the DBR22 presents itself as an open-air two-seater hypercar supported by new technologies and design concepts. Notably, a minimal amount of body paneling has been used to keep the car sleek and muscular, while bodywork philosophy has been applied to ensure every detail is meticulously crafted. From an all-new carbon fiber grille to a significantly stretched bonnet featuring a horseshoe vent, everything is designed to draw attention to the driver’s cabin, while behind are two aerodynamic scoops extending into the back. Here you’ll find a slim, full-length light bar that runs across the middle, separating the badges from the sizable diffuser and air vent.

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

It all comes together thanks to a twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 engine that produces 715hp and 753Nm of torque, which is enough to send the rear-wheel-drive two-seater to 60 MPH in 3.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of point. of 198 MPH. The weight saving comes in the form of a 3D-printed aluminum rear subframe, the aforementioned absence of multiple panels, and heavy use of carbon fiber inside the cabin to keep light things while being luxurious.

Roberto Fedeli, Technical Director of Aston Martin, said: “Technology is key in the construction of the DBR22, with extensive use of carbon fiber throughout and the use of 3D printing to manufacture a component structural. As such, the DBR22 showcases Aston Martin’s unique capabilities, with world-class design combined with an agile and intelligent approach to engineering and production. For a car that has been designed to celebrate the ultimate bespoke personalization service, the technical developments mean that DBR22 truly has the dynamic theater to match, ensuring the drive is just as addictive as it looks.

Aston Martin will present 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 into Car Week, be sure to check it out in real life.

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