Aston Martin Reveals Ultra-Limited, Wide-Open V-12 DBR22 Speedster

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Photo credit: Aston Martin
Photo credit: Aston Martin
  • Designed as a two-seat, open-cockpit speedster, the DBR22 draws heavily on styling cues from the automaker's Le Mans–winning DBR1.

  • Powered by a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V-12, the DBR22 is claimed to reach 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and achieve a top speed of 198 mph.

  • While the current wording classifies the DBR22 as a concept, it's likely that somewhere in the ballpark of 10 Aston Martin Q customers will be able to buy a production version.

Created to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aston Martin's bespoke Q division, the DBR22's styling draws cues from the Le Mans–winning DBR1 piloted by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby, the only Aston Martin to earn an outright victory in the event. The automaker is also noting that it's the 10th anniversary of its bespoke division, Q by Aston Martin, hinting that this car may be made in a limited edition of 10 to celebrate that milestone.

Photo credit: Aston Martin
Photo credit: Aston Martin

The DBR22 features the same twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 found in a few other Astons over the last few years, with power down about 10 ponies, making 705 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. It accelerates to 60 mph in a respectable but not all that blistering 3.4 seconds. Thankfully, you can smile to the tune of a screaming V-12 through the open cockpit even while getting gapped by a Tesla Model S Plaid from the stoplight.

Photo credit: Aston Martin
Photo credit: Aston Martin

Carbon fiber sits in for the usual metal weave of the grille, a design Aston said takes inspiration from the DBR1 and DB3S. The body features carbon panels without many to interrupt the flowing bodywork.

The DBR22 is slated for its official debut later this week at the Pebble Beach Concours D' Elegance, which is part of the Monterey Car Week in California. There are no official production numbers, though previous models were sold in low-double-digit numbers. It would be fitting that the DBR22 might follow suit. However, don't expect to see one at your regular Cars and Coffee.

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