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The world may never see a mid-engine Aston Martin. Never, ever. Why? Because grand touring, which is and has always been what Aston Martin is about, goes about as well with a mid-engined layout as whiskey goes with wasabi. Why do you think Ferrari and Bentley, also notable GT manufacturers, keep their big, comfortable and fast vehicles with the engine in front?

That said, if Aston were to suddenly decide that it wanted a piece of the Ferrari 458 Italia or McLaren MP4-12C, we sincerely hope the resulting car would look at least half as good as this concept car, designed by Samir Sadikhov. It's called the DBC, and it is an absolute stunner, perfectly integrating Aston Martin's traditional design cues - look at this profile shot of the DBC alongside the DBR1 - and current styling trends with a mid-engined layout that is a dramatic departure from the long hood and short deck of the current cars.

Sadikhov isn't some new kid on the block, though. The Azerbaijani captured second place in the Ferrari World Design Contest with his Xerzri Concept. As for the DBC, according to his website, one of his goals was to create a car with parts that "could be easily carried over into a production car." We like the sound of that. Aston Martin, we'll take ours with the V12 Vantage S engine mounted amidships, a six-speed manual, and British Racing Green paint. Make it so. Head over to Sadikhov's site for a full look at the DBC Concept.

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      The most anti-speed bump car ever made.
        King of Eldorado
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yes, I noticed that too. I realize it's a concept and it is nice looking, but why even show us a design whose nose nearly drags on the ground and is thus undrivable on ordinary roads? Regular production cars have become bad enough in this regard; even my Honda Fit scrapes its front spoiler on my friend's fairly ordinary driveway.
          • 11 Months Ago
          @King of Eldorado

          I know Lamborghini has a lift you can activate to get the front of the car over speed bumps. Maybe this will have something similar?

      Eliot H Hochberg
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's executed well, and I know auto design is difficult, but... It's staid. It looks like a Lamborghini, or a McClaren, or any number of other vehicles in this class. An Aston should have a higher, more vertical grill, a flatter backside, and either be more voluptuous or more muscular.
        Skye Barcus
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eliot H Hochberg
        I agree about the flatter backside and maybe the more vertical grill, but it doesn't get more voluptuous and muscular than this concept. Make sure you look at it from all angles and come on, look at the rear fenders!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's clarify things here... this design NOTHING to do with Aston Martin the company. Its just some random guy coming up with a design and creating a couple of renderings of it. Sure it looks nice, but these renderings is all that will ever come of this design.
      • 1 Year Ago
      finally some new lines and designe :) look like a super car :)
      • 1 Year Ago
      is it only me or does the rear wheel in side shoot looks much to big.... specially in this picture... in my eyes it unbalance the whole design.. http://www.autoblog.com/photos/aston-martin-dbc-concept-by-samir-sadikhov/full/#photo-854461/
        • 1 Year Ago
        Agree. Only too jarring elements to my eye. THAT, and the door cut, side vent relationship. Other than that it's a brilliant effort from a freelancer. Most freelancer work is far from brilliant. But yeah, the 30" rear wheel vs. 24" front is a little cartoony. A little more realism there would make the whole thing look more... real.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sex on wheels.
        • 11 Months Ago

        I can't imagine there's enough room in the cabin for that.

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      Yep, the CX-75 will be missed, sorely. Still this profile is pretty generic and uninspiring. I'll keep the 10 years old but still gorgeous present AM family feeling.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stunning, but somewhat "cheated" on ground clearance and roof height. Even so.....
        • 1 Year Ago
        I understand what you're saying, Jaybird. It's designs like these that make me thankful I'm only 5'7". I can fit comfortable in virtually every car...or concept.
      Lookup MGTOW
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will they share it with Scion after they graciously shared the iQ for Aston's Cygnet?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Build one for the next Bond movie. Why the hell not.
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