The McLaren Elva better watch its back.
In the world of supercars, there are plenty of choices available for the wealthy enthusiast. Typically, new money will go out and spend big on something like a Ferrari F8 Tributo, but for some, even technological marvels like this aren't quite enough. This is where limited-edition exotics with price tags high enough to make one swoon become the order of the day. The radical Aston Martin V12 Speedster is one of these, and the latest addition to the market of open-top supercars in the same vein as the Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2, the McLaren Elva, and the forthcoming mystery Lamborghini model of the same style. New photos of the V12 Speedster in prototype form have now been released, and in real-world conditions it looks even better than it did when it was first unveiled.
The new British supercar is a very limited machine - when it was first unveiled in March this year, it was announced that just 88 will be produced with a $1 million price tag. Developed by Aston Martin's 'Q by Aston Martin' customization division, each and every model will be a bespoke example of excellence. The latest prototype images showcase the V12 Speedster in matte black and mark the first time we've been able to see the model in natural light conditions out on the road. No further technical details have been divulged, but we already know the Speedster is powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 producing 700 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. RWD is the chosen drivetrain, and the Speedster will run from 0 to 62 mph in 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph.
As is quickly becoming commonplace, an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic transmission acts as intermediary between the front-mid-mounted motor and the rear wheels, but despite that long hood and outrageous carbon fiber bodywork, Aston says this isn't just a showpiece but rather a "truly visceral driver's car". Weight is kept down thanks to a chassis that is crafted mainly from carbon fiber while bonded aluminum underpinnings shared with the Vantage and DBS Superleggera confirm that this will be spectacular to drive. Pricing is exorbitant, of course, with each example selling for a stupendous $950,000. However, since each one is to be handbuilt, that price can be justified somewhat. Deliveries are expected to commence early next year, once prototypes like this one have been perfected.