New suspension, powertrains, gearboxes, and infotainment will be added to the Vantage, DB11, and DBS.
The Vantage, DB11, and DBS front-engined sports cars from Aston Martin will be so heavily updated in 2023 that company chairman Lawrence Stroll claims they will be “all-new cars.” The suspension system, engines, and gearboxes, as well as completely overhauled interiors, will be among the most significant upgrades for each.
- Aston Martin to update the Vantage, DB11 and DBS
- DBS to continue with the 5.2-litre V12 engine
- Carmaker only building cars to order since last April
“Finally, Aston Martin gets touchscreens,” Stroll said, confirming that the cars will no longer use the out-of-date Mercedes-Benz-derived trackpad system that has been in use since launch. Aston Martin could only use technology that had been used in Mercedes models for three years in its own cars under the terms of an earlier agreement with Mercedes-Benz.
Technology has been Updated
“How can you have a £1,50,000 (over Rs 1.5 crore) Aston Martin with three-year-old technology?” “It’s a ridiculous thing that the previous management agreed to,” Stroll said.
While the systems will be introduced with the most up-to-date technology available, he added that Aston will distinguish its platform from Mercedes’ by using “our own faces, our own voices – a proper English accent.”
Stroll explained that it’s all part of a plan to increase sales of its front-engined sports cars to 4,000 units per year. He stated, “That is the true consumer demand.”
Rather than building for wholesale, Stroll’s turnaround plan for Aston Martin initially focused on reducing the company’s output to meet demand. He claimed that since April 2021, the company has only built cars to order, and that it has sold 400 more cars to retail customers than it did to wholesale customers the previous year.
“You’ll be very impressed with the all-new front-engines next year,” Stroll told reporters, hinting at how radically evolved the new cars will be. “There’s no resemblance to current cars at all,” he said, adding that there will be “some carry-over” at the back end. The updated trio will be “what those cars should have always felt like,” according to Stroll.
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He also confirmed that the 5.2-litre V12 engine found in the DBS will not be replaced. The twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 in the Vantage and DB11 is likely to be upgraded in line with AMG’s most recent offerings.
The car is expected to be revealed around the end of the year, though it’s unclear whether Aston will release all three models at the same time.