Firstly unveiled at the beginning of March, the Aston Martin V12 Speedster is moving to the next stage of its development, the all-important road testing.
Described by Aston Martin as an “uncompromising, visceral two-seater”, the V12 Speedster will be limited to 88 examples worldwide when deliveries start early next year. The radical roadster has taken Q by Aston Martin just 12 months to get from the conception to production of the first prototype.
The car mixes Aston Martin Vantage and DBS Superleggera underpinnings within a bespoke bonded aluminum architecture. The automaker did not reveal the curb weight, but taking into account that the body is made almost completely of carbon fiber and it lacks a roof and a windscreen, the V12 Speedster must be very light.
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 cowls.
Power comes from the automaker’s 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-12, tuned here to deliver 710 horsepower and 555 pound-feet of torque. With so much oomph, Aston Martin promises the V12 Speedster can launch from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds and top out at an electronically limited 186 mph.
As if the V12 Speedster wasn’t unique enough, it also features standard 21-inch forged center lock wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, and a bespoke exhaust system. Prices start from £765,000 ($986,800) in the UK, though it’s unclear how many of the 88 units are still available.