Aston Martin’s long-awaited mid-engine hypercar known as the AM-RB 003 is has come around. It is something Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer calls “the bridge” that connects the world of mid-engine Astons with the high and might. This is the space currently occupied by the Valkyrie.
Truth be told, the AM-RB 003 shares more than a family tree with the Valkyrie. The former is, in many ways, heavily influenced by the latter, using much of the same technology and fundamental design cues that came to define the Valkyrie. That’s why the AM-RB 003 looks a lot like its “father,” albeit with a more refined and streamlined appearance that goes hand in hand with an electrified powertrain that features a turbocharged V-6 engine.
The cabin architecture is rather minimalist with two display screens, one fixed to the steering column, and another digital readout incorporated into the surface of the steering wheel itself. Parts of the cabin, including the skeletal center console, have been 3-D printed to save weight.
The fascia and the profile lines the AM-RB 003 boasts a more usable design, in part because it’s also pegged as a road car. The doors, for example, open out forwards and out of the roof. It’s still a fancy setup, even as it utilizes designs that have been seen before.
Remarkably, the AM-RB 003 also boasts a cargo area, a segment of space that’s completely unknown to the Valkyrie. Only 500 units of the AM-RB 003 will be released.
Pricing is expected to be around $1.3 million, which is by and large a substantial premium over even the $900,000 McLaren Senna.