The British automaker which has become synonymous with the James Bond franchise is looking to extend its license to thrill for 2022 and beyond. While its fame has primarily been conjured by its sultry lineup of grand tourers, Aston Martin – like so many of its compatriots – have started to adopt a more forward-thinking strategy with electrification in mind.
In fact, this strategy was supposed to materialize in 2020 in the form of the Aston Martin Rapide E production vehicle – a fully-electric car based on the otherwise petrol-engined sedan which it had been meant to replace. Indications are that plans for production have been halted – temporarily, at least – with sources stating that all R&D up to this point will be used to bolster the company’s electric program.
Perhaps it is a diversion of resources and focus on other ventures, which has led to a change in priorities. Since 2016, Aston Martin has been publicly announcing their expansion into other industries such as speed boats, aviation, fashion and real estate development with the intent on becoming more than just an automaker. The goal is to become an internationally recognized luxury brand transcending the automotive world.
What this will mean on the automotive front for Aston Martin’s near and distant future, becomes muddled in the middle of all the noise of what sounds like some sort of go at world domination. Some solace can be found through the familiar; with the likes of the Vantage, DB11 and the DBS still very much in the picture for 2022, whereas the DBX, the company’s first SUV, also shows the company's commitment to remaining a relevant automaker for the long run.
For 2022, Aston Martin tweaked its lineup throughout, also simplifying the nomenclature for the DB11 the DBS by dropping AMR and Superleggera badges. Moreover, 2022 should finally bring deliveries of the highly awaited and ultra exclusive Valhalla and Valkyrie, the company's first mid-engined production cars. In addition to the pioneering duo, we're also anticipating a V12-powered Vantage, the last of its kind as per Gaydon's claims.
With there no longer being a replacement for the Rapide supersedan, only the Rapide AMR has been representing the model from 2020 onwards. With its limited production run of 210 units not yet fulfilled, the AMR will carry on production into the 2022 model year.
Below, is everything you need to know about the 2022 Aston Martin lineup.