Sales of the Aston Martin DBX utility vehicle are now under way.
Aston Martin V12 Speedster will hit the market in 2021.
A quarter of Aston Martin sales to consist of EVs and PHEVs by 2024.
British supercar brand Aston Martin is heading into the 2021 calendar year with some new products up its sleeve, in addition to plans for electrified powertrains. Nevertheless, the company’s financial situation suffered through the course of 2019, and also 2020, partly due to complications and market uncertainty caused by COVID-19.
There were some administrative changes as Aston Martin in 2020 as the brand celebrated its 70th anniversary. Canadian businessman Laurence Stroll and a group of investors purchased a 16.7% stake in the company back in January, increasing it to 25% in March, while Andy Palmer stepped down as CEO in May, and was replaced by former AMG boss Tobias Moers. In June, about 500 employees were let go and budget cuts were planned moving forward. More recently, Mercedes-Benz increased its stake in Aston Martin to 20%, and President of the Americas Laura Schwab left the company to join EV startup Rivian.
The much-anticipated Aston Martin DBX was finally launched in 2020, and although we don’t have sales numbers yet, it should help the company increase its overall market share and get the cash register ringing more frequently. It’s equipped with a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 that develops 542 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, good for 0-100 km/h blasts of 4.5 seconds. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is expected in the DBX by 2023, and we might get some details about it in 2021. In addition, four-door coupe and three-row variants of the DBX have been rumoured, with no confirmation as of this writing.
Deliveries of the Aston Martin V12 Speedster will commence in the first quarter of 2021. The completely roofless supercar is the work of Q by Aston Martin, the company’s bespoke division, and rides on a unique platform crated from elements of the DBS Superleggara and the Vantage. It features a twin-turbo 5.2L V12 engine that develops a projected 700 horsepower and 556 pound-feet of torque. The 0-100 km/h dash is said to take 3.5 seconds, while top speed is pegged at 300 km/h. Only 88 units of the V12 Speedster will be built and each will cost upwards of $1 million USD.
The Aston Martin DB11 soldiers on largely unchanged in 2021, which is available in both coupe and Volante convertible body styles. Both feature a 503-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, while the DB11 AMR variant gets a twin-turbo 5.2L V12 with 630 horsepower.
Same goes for the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, also offered in coupe and Volante droptop format. Its twin-turbo 5.2L V12 belts out 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. The brand recently announced the DBS Superleggara 007 Edition, underlining the release of the latest James Bond flick No Time to Die, of which only 25 units will be sold and built.
As for the Aston Martin Vantage, the only news for 2021 is the availability of the Vantage 007 Edition, which pays tribute to the AM V8 featured in the James Bond movie The Living Daylights.
The Aston Martin Valhalla was originally planned to feature a hybrid V6 engine developed in-house, but it may get a Mercedes-AMG powertrain instead. Look for the new Valhalla during the course of 2022, but we’ll have more updates on the coupe in 2021.
Meanwhile, the Aston Martin Valkyrie, which has been in gestation since 2017, still isn’t ready for sale, and it’s unclear if it will be during 2021. It should feature a naturally aspirated, 6.5L V12 engine with electric assistance, good for a combined output of 1,160 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. According to rumours, the Valkyrie has reliability and driveability issues, and may ultimately never reach production.
Looking further ahead, Aston Martin is planning to expand its electrified vehicle portfolio, with 20% to 25% of sales consisting of hybrids or PHEVs by 2024. The brand’s next fully electric vehicle—the Aston Martin Rapide E is now out of production—should arrive by 2025 of 2026.