Aston Martin has revealed its latest hypercar – a V12 Speedster with no windscreen or roof.
Created by the British marque’s bespoke customisation service ‘Q by Aston Martin’, the Aston Martin V12 Speedster is aimed at drivers who love the thrill of pure motoring.
As well as no roof or windscreen, the V12 Speedster has a central spine running from the bonnet to the boot that separates the driver and passenger.
Additionally, it doesn’t have any screens to distract the driver or the passenger’s views of the thrill of the road.
Not that they’d have time to view screens: it can make 0.62mph in 3.5 seconds before heading on a top speed of 186mph, which has been electronically limited to stop it from going any faster.
The car is powered by Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine, with a peak output of 700hp1 and 753Nm1 of torque.
Front mid-mounted, the all-alloy, quad cam 48-valve engine is mated to a ZF 8-Speed automatic transmission with a limited-slip differential driving the rear wheels.
Over the V12 Speedster’s unique chassis is a bespoke body constructed almost entirely from carbon fibre. The shape is inspired by jet fighters and influenced by aeronautical design, says the company.
Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer said: “The V12 Speedster is an incredible demonstration of the breadth of capability and determination from the ‘Q by Aston Martin’ team, who have worked tirelessly to create this stunning, two-seat sports car aimed at our most demanding and enthusiastic customers.”
Aston Martin’s engineers have created a special exhaust signature to give the car a unique soundtrack. They did this making a bespoke stainless-steel exhaust system exiting centrally into the diffuser surface at the rear of the car – to give “an even more rousing, characterful sound” from the drivetrain.
Using Aston Martin’s latest bonded aluminium architecture, the V12 Speedster elements from both the DBS Superleggera and Vantage model lines to create its own unique platform.
With independent double wishbone front, and multi-link rear suspension with coil springs and adaptive damping offering Sport, Sport+ and Track modes, the V12 Speedster also benefits from standard 21-inch forged centre lock alloy wheels.
Ceramic Brakes of 410mm on the front axle and 360mm at the rear are also standard equipment.
The interior uses a mix of traditional and modern materials. Structural satin carbon fibre, contrasts with traditional hand-crafted Saddle Leather, chrome, aluminium and even 3D printed rubber.
In front of the passenger is a removable leather bag in place of a traditional glove box, while there’s additional storage space under the rear bumps for luggage.
Aston Martin design director Miles Nurnberger said: “With the V12 Speedster we do go back a step and look into our past for inspiration.
“Since the DB11 launch, everything has been focused and very forward looking. Here though, we find a different tempo. There’s clear lineage from the 1959 Le Mans winning DBR1 to our Centenary celebratory CC100 Speedster Concept in 2013.
“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.
“With the V12 Speedster we are amplifying all the emotional strings that we can to the absolute maximum.”
Orders are now being taken for the V12 Speedster, with pricing starting at £765,000 including VAT and deliveries expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021. The V12 Speedster’s production run will be limited to 88 models.