Aston Martin To Roll Out Ferrari 488 GTB Rival In 2021, CEO Says

Give or take a year or two, Aston Martin plans to roll out a mid-engined supercar in 2021. The as-yet unnamed Aston is slated to go after the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, and McLaren 720S – or, in case anyone has been replaced, their successors.

The company’s CEO Andy Palmer revealed the news to Motorsport while discussing plans for an F1 engine program. It’s that initiative which Aston hopes will give it the credibility to extend beyond the front-engined GTs for which it’s known and enter into the realm of mid-engined supercars.

“With all of this stuff in F1, you have to factor in intangibles because you’re talking about a marketing return, not necessarily a physical return,” Palmer said. “Marketing return hopefully turns into sold cars, which is why we’re doing this.”

“This is to seed the soil for when we bring a mid-engined car to compete with the Ferrari 488, which is what the Valkyrie was about,” he added. “It’s about creating credibility ready for when we go mainstream face-to-face with Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren on the road. The timing of the 2021 regulations work really well, because it is about the time we’ll be bringing that car out.”

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  • fabri99

    Mid-engined Aston Martin? Sign me up!

  • Ermal Morina

    It is really exciting to see where Aston Martin is heading…

  • Approximately Aston second century plan will go like this:

    2017: Vantage
    2018: Vanquish

    2019: DBX
    2020: Mid-engined Supercar
    2021: Lagonda Saloon
    2022: Lagonda SUV

    Electric RapidE is sold out and it will roll in 2019, And DBX and both Lagonda will be produced in new St. Athan factory in Wales. As of now the factory has been reconstructed and reception area has been build. Last is that special edition model would come at least twice a year. Both in house and collaboration like with Zagato.

    • Lenny G

      wow how do you know all this?

      • It’s all in the news actually, it’s not a secret.

  • songoku64

    I hope it gets the AMG 4.0 v8, that would be sweet!!!

    • The engine is tentative at the moment, Andy said they are open to another powerplant beside the AMG V8.

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