If you paid any attention to the Geneva Motor Show this year, you probably noticed a trend. Sure, there were a few crossovers, and Volkswagen showed off that electric dune buggy concept, but really, Geneva was a supercar show. From the 1,600-hp Koenigsegg Jesko and its twin-turbocharged V-8 to the 1,900-hp all-electric Pininfarina Battista, the show was full of cars that belong on bedroom posters. Aston went even further, bringing three mid-engine supercars to Geneva. And the one that dazzled us the most was the AM-RB 003.
Aston Martin is much better known for its front-engine cars. And when it does them well, Aston does them really well. Just look at the 2019 DBS Superleggera. It’s stunning from almost every angle, the twin-turbo V-12 cranks out 715 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque, and despite being a comfortable grand tourer, it delivers truly incredible driving dynamics. But if Aston wants to run with the Ferraris and Lamborghinis of this world, it needs mid-engine supercars. That’s why the next Vanquish will put the engine behind the driver, why the F1-inspired Valkyrie exists, and why the next Aston Martin is already back to work on the AM-RB 003.
Like the AM-RB 001 that became the Valkyrie, don’t expect the alpha-numeric nomenclature of the AM-RB 003 to make it to the production car. From what we’ve heard, it will probably be called the Valhalla. But we do expect most of the cool features that grabbed our attention in Geneva to carry over. And based on Aston’s claims that the production car will outperform the Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder, we have a feeling the hybrid powertrain will be good for at least 1,000 hp. Add in the lightweight construction, flexible active aero, and quick-change oil system, and you have a recipe for a car we can’t wait to drive.
Why do you insist on making us wait, Aston?