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Aston Martin AMV12 Design Study

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On: Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 11:41AM | By: Chris Weiss

Aston Martin AMV12 Design Study

A couple weeks ago, we got a teaser look at an upcoming mid-engined Aston Martin one-off from Danish HBH (the company behind the Zenvo ST1). The car will basically be a Vantage V-12 with the engine pushed behind the seats. HBH hopes to have its car ready by next year, and in the meantime, we have what appears to be a mid-engined Aston Martin design study to give us a feel for what a little restructuring might look like.

The design study is called the AMV12 and is brought to us by Dutch designer Sabino Leerentveld. Given the frontward orientation of its cabin, the AMV12 definitely appears to be a mid-engined supercar, as opposed to Aston's more traditional front-engine, rear-slung cabin designs.

The design isn't quite as smooth as HBH's appears, but it does have a strong, muscular stance similar to that of the Jaguar C-X75. The front-end is clearly inspired by existing Astons, but gets plenty of unique styling treatment around the grille and bumper. The rear—particularly the taillights—pulls clear influence from the One-77.

The designer imagines the AMV12 as a flagship positioned above the One-77, so it would presumably share the 750-hp 7.3-liter V-12, perhaps with a turbo/supercharger or two. I like his vision, but I think I'd take the actual One-77 over this car. However, one can see some clear progression over Leerentveld's older AMV10 design study—he's definitely making progress, though has a little ways to go before catching up to Aston itself.

It should be interesting to see how this design study stacks up to the HBH mid-engined Aston.

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