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Aston Martin DBR22: Speedster special revealed

Aston Martin’s bespoke division has unveiled its latest low-volume special edition, taking inspiration from the brand’s classic racers.

The DBR22 will be unveiled in person at Monterey Car Week in California, and blends retro-inspired looks with ultra-modern production techniques. Aston Martin says it’ll put the car into ultra-limited production, although how many it’ll build isn’t clear.

Power in the DBR22 comes from a twin-turbocharged V12 engine making 526kW and 753Nm, sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 60mph (97km/h) sprint take a claimed 3.4 seconds, and flat out you you’ll be doing 319km/h.

With no windscreen, Aston Martin says the car “promises to be an intense sensory stimulation”. We promise you’ll want to be wearing a helmet.

Under the skin, the DBR22 features a rear subframe made of multiple 3D printed aluminium parts. Aston Martin says the subframe is significantly lighter than a conventional unit, and loses nothing when it comes to stiffness.

As the images above show, Q has taken inspiration from Aston Martin’s classic two-seat racers for the design of the DBR22.

The front end features oval-shaped headlights and a low-set air intake in the classic Aston shape, and the rear is home to a twin-cowl deck in lieu of a roof. The detailing in the diffuser is more modern, and links the DBR22 to the Vantage sports car.

Inside, the car features a new dashboard architecture and infotainment system. Aston Martin chairman, Lawrence Stroll, has pointed to infotainment technology as one of the areas the brand needs to improve – so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a dashboard similar to this one, with a screen similar to this one, pop up in the overhauled Vantage we’re expecting to see soon.

Technology aside, the DBR22 has a clean cabin in keeping with its racy, roofless design. The driver and passenger sit in carbon-fibre bucket seats, and everything is trimmed in supple leather.

Given it’s a bespoke special edition, owners will be able to customise the cabin to within an inch of its life.

“As well as paint colours and finishes, bespoke graphics through to tinted carbons and bespoke materials on both the interior and exterior, every Q by Aston Martin car can push the limits of design and desire and is completely tailored to the customer,” the brand says.

The DBR22 is one of two new cars coming from Aston Martin at Monterey Car Week. The other model, according to the brand, “continues the high-octane emotion and intense driving pleasure defined by models such as the DBX707, V12 Vantage and the uncompromising Aston Martin Valkyrie”.

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