Aston Martin is expanding its exotic car horizons beyond GT cars into the realm of mid-engined sports cars. We’re not talking about the upcoming Valkyrie hypercar, though. Instead, we’re talking about a more mainstream mid-engined supercar designed to take on the Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracán, and McLaren 720S. Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, stated this specifically when discussing future product plans with Auto Express.
According to Auto Express, Palmer said the car will be a competitor the 488, and will launch in 2020 as part of a plan to release a new model every year from now until 2023. Before the mid-engined car will be the rest of Aston’s new GT line and the DBX crossover, and following the Ferrari fighter will be a pair of Lagonda models and the DB12. The 2020 launch date is a full year sooner than we were expecting for a sub-Valkyrie mid-engined car.
Palmer cites a few reasons for going mid-engined. He explained that it’s the segment standard, and that it’s ideal for weight distribution. He also noted that going mid-engined will help bridge the gap between the top-tier Vanquish GT car and the Valkyrie. That’s a gap with loads of room for another model, too, since the Vanquish will likely be comparable to the Ferrari F12berlinetta, which costs a bit over $300,000. The Valkyrie, on the other hand, will go for $3 million and have performance comparable to the LaFerrari and the Koenigsegg One:1.