2001 Aston Martin Twenty Twenty
Aston Martin Twenty Twenty by Italdesign – Giugiaro
The architecture of the Twenty Twenty spider follows the lines of the Capsula (1982) and the Structura (1998), where the structural frame made its own statement as the prototype's dominant styling feature.
This new proposal goes further, with the all-aluminium structure proudly on display, the body panels laid upon the frame without concealing it. Lines and shapes, usually defined by light reflected on the surfaces, are here traced by the extruded aluminium sections.
"An evocative surface treatment often solves whims and trends but may present the future as frivolous, like a big toy. With Twenty Twenty, the car can return to it's roots as a complete, meticulously crafted piece of engineering", comments Giorgetto Giugiaro.
When they thought of creating a spider, Giogetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro had the idea of bringing in a british firm with a great tradition in that segment. As it turned out, Aston Martin was more than willing to join them, supplying the platform and mechanicals. Giugiaro and Aston Martin had previously cooperated in 1961, when Carrozzeria Bertone worked on the two-seater DB4 Jet coupe prototype.
Aluminium outlines the car, starting from the classic Aston Martin radiator grille, two main structures run the length of the car, supporting the fenders, hood and decklid, and forming the tops of the doors. The door hinges are both decorative and functional elements.
Twenty Twenty is not strictly a two-seater, as the rear bulkhead can be removed to provide seating for two children.
Extruded aluminium sections coherently underline the curved design of the dashboard. The instrument panel top pad floats slightly to provide a full width air vent. The center facia continues the structural theme, and incorporates a multi-function display, as well as classical toggle switches. The top of the steering wheel pad echoes the shape of the Aston Martin grille.
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This Twenty Twenty spider concept stems from a Giugiaro interpretation of Aston Martin for the twenty-twenties.
The architecture follows the lines of the Capsula (1982) and the Structura (1998), making a distinct statement as the dominant styling feature. The all-aluminum structure is proudly on display, and body parts are laid upon the structure without concealing it. Aluminum outlines the car, starting from the British marque's classic radiator grille. Two main supports gird the fenders and the bonnet, then arch over the cabin to the rear bootlid before swooping down to the rear bumper. Below the rear, two brackets support the rear spoiler. A robust roll bar offers extra passenger protection.
The interior features leather, wood and aluminum, and a central console houses a multifunctional monitor.
The Twenty Twenty is not a strict two-seater; the rear bulkhead can be removed to provide seating for two children. There's even a soft top stored in its own special housing that slides into position between the roll bar and the windscreen, Targa fashion.
The car is powered by an Aston Martin 12-cylinder, 5935-cc, 500 horsepower DB7 engine. It has rear-wheel drive and six speeds.