The Aston Martin V12 Speedster has been revealed at its Gaydon, England, headquarters on Wednesday in lieu.
Aston Martin decided to wait 24 hours to reveal its show-stopping model, but now the proverbial roof has been blown off the sublime V12 Speedster. Limited to just 88 units, the V12 Speedster was created by Aston’s ‘Q by Aston Martin’ customization service for its very discerning customers.
Utilising Aston Martin’s latest bonded aluminium architecture, the V12 Speedster utilises elements from both the DBS Superleggera and Vantage model lines to create its own unique platform.
Aston says the V12 Speedster is powered by its 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12, making 700 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. That’s mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic, sending power to the rear wheels. It’ll hit 62 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph — get some heavy duty headgear for that trip. The platform itself is made by combining elements of the DBS Superleggera and Vantage. It has 21-inch forged, center-locking wheels, huge carbon ceramic brakes and adaptive dampers.
There’s clear lineage from the 1959 Le Mans winning DBR1 to our Centenary celebratory CC100 Speedster Concept in 2013,” Nurnberger says. “There is also a bit of 1953 DB3S in the mid-section, so it really is our latest incarnation of the Speedster concept. It’s also inspired by fighter jets as much as it is by our history, and it has been created to deliver an incredibly visceral experience, hence why it is a V12, rather than a V8
Inside, the V12 Speedster has satin chrome structural carbon fiber, saddle leather, chrome, aluminum, and 3D-printed rubber. Instead of a glovebox, it has a removable leather bag in front of the passenger, and more luggage storage is found under the nacelles.
This particular V12 Speedster has been configured in a conceptual specification that is inspired by the legendary F/A-18 fighter jet and will be available for customers to order. The car is finished in Skyfall Silver with contrasting satin black on the exhaust tips, vent grilles, and vanes. Surprisingly, order books are now opening meaning Aston hasn’t sold them all yet.
Aston Martin says its order books are open now for the V12 Speedster, so it’s not completely sold out yet. Deliveries are slated to begin in the first quarter of 2021. It starts at $950,000 and all 88 cars will be hand-built and made to the spec you desire.