And it will be inspired by one of its most iconic race cars.
We've seen a resurgence of open-top, two-seater speeders lately. Last year, Ferrari unveiled the stunning SP1 and SP2 inspired by legendary 1950s Barchetta race cars such as the 166 MM, 750 Monza, and 860 Monza. McLaren is also developing a new Speedster Ultimate Series hypercar that will sit alongside the Senna and the Speedtail. And now Aston Martin is reportedly jumping on the Speedster bandwagon.
According to The Supercar Blog's sources, Aston Martin is working on its own limited-edition speedster that was reportedly previewed at a private event at Pebble Beach last month. In terms of styling, we don't have any photos of the new model, but the speedster will allegedly be inspired by the legendary Aston Martin DBR1 racer that won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. Sources also claim that production of the Aston Martin Speedster will be limited to just 88 units.
Like the DBR1, the new model could feature a front engine and rear-wheel drive layout. It's likely to be a modern interpretation of the 1950s racer and adopt a two-seater layout with an open cockpit. The Ferrari SP1 and SP2 were based on the 812 Superfast, so Aston Martin's speedster could be based on one of automaker's current front-engine V12 models like the DB11 Volante or DBS Superleggera Volante.
The latter is powered by a 5.2-liter V12 gasoline engine that sends 715 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through am eight-speed automatic. 0-62 mph takes 3.4 seconds before the DBS Superleggera hits a top speed of 211 mph, so the new Aston Martin Speedster will be blisteringly fast if it shares the same engine.
No pricing details were divulged from The Supecar Blog's sources, but the Ferrari SP1 and SP2 were both priced at €1.6 million in Italy including taxes (around $1.8 million), so expect Aston Martin's speedster to also fetch a seven-figure price tag.