A few weeks back we brought you a story that outlined an upcoming open-top Aston Martin. Earlier today the Aston Martin V12 Speedster broke cover. This newcomer is the latest limited edition open cockpit car from a sportscar specialist after the Monza SP1 and SP2 twins and the more recent McLaren Elva. Interestingly, the Aston will be the rarest of these cars with the company only committing to an 88 car production run.
The Aston Martin V12 Speedster has been in development for a year. It is the result of a collaboration between ‘Q by Aston Martin’ and Aston Martin Design and for 88 lucky (and wealthy) owners, the wait would have been worth it. The new creation draws inspiration from older products such as 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1 and CC100 Speedster Concept (pictured below) and also uses elements from existing Aston Martin products such as the DBS Superleggera and Vantage.
Speed for two
There is no roof whatsoever, or windscreen for that matter, and the open-top highlights the cockpit arrangement of the Speedster. The interior uses a mix of traditional and modern materials. Structural satin carbon fibre, traditional hand-crafted Saddle Leather, chrome, aluminium and even 3D printed rubber are some of the elements employed.
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Powering the V12 Speedster is an, err… V12 that is force-fed by twin-turbochargers. Maximum power is rated at 515 kW with 753 N.m of peak torque. The 5,2-litre all-alloy engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential. Aston Martin says the V12 Speedster can accelerate to 100 km/h in 3,5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 300 km/h. Suspension is courtesy of independent double wishbones for the front wheels and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. The wheels set-up consists of 21-inch forged centre-lock alloy wheels. These cover carbon-ceramic discs that measure 410 mm on the front axle and 360 mm at the rear.
Take a closer look at the Aston Martin V12 Speedster in the video below