Just 88 people will be lucky enough to own this jaw-dropping roofless masterpiece.
The 2020 Geneva Motor Show might have been canceled, but that hasn't stopped a slew of amazing cars from being revealed this week. Bentley revealed its Mulliner Bacalar, a coach-built masterpiece limited to just 12 units, while Koenigsegg dropped a 1,700-hp bomb in the shape of the four-seater Gemera of which just 300 units will be built.
Aston Martin decided to wait 24 hours to reveal its show-stopping model, but now the proverbial roof has been blown off the sublime V12 Speedster. Limited to just 88 units, the V12 Speedster was created by Aston's 'Q by Aston Martin' customization service for its very discerning customers.
The V12 Speedster sits on Aston Martin's newest bonded aluminum architecture, mixing elements from the DBS Superleggera and Vantage model lines to create its own unique platform. Aston Martin says the result is a visceral driver's car unlike any other in its lineup.
The V12 Speedster certainly has all the makings of a true driver's car such as independent double-wishbone front suspension, multi-link rear suspension with coil springs, and adaptive dampers with Sport, Sport+, and Track modes. It rides on 21-inch forged center-lock alloy wheels carbon-ceramic stoppers sized 410 mm on the front axle and 360 mm. To keep weight down, almost the entire chassis and body are made from carbon fiber.
"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 a 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," said Miles Nurnberger, Director of Design, Aston Martin Lagonda.
Speaking of that V12, it's Aston 5.2-liter twin-turbo unit tuned to produce 700 horsepower and 555 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic and limited-slip differential, marking the first time this current Vantage generation has been powered by 12 cylinders. The result is a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 182 mph.
These may not be the most outrageous performance figures but just remember, you'll be doing over 180 mph with no windscreen and no roof with a V12 engine screaming in your ears. And for added drama, the V12 is piped to a stainless steel exhaust.
Inside, Aston has matched the wild exterior with exotic materials such as structural satin carbon fiber, hand-crafted saddle leather, chrome, aluminum, and 3D-printed rubber. Instead of a traditional glovebox, Aston has included a removable leather bag and additional storage space under the rear bumps for luggage.
This particular V12 Speedster has been configured in a conceptual specification that is inspired by the legendary F/A-18 fighter jet and will be available for customers to order. The car is finished in Skyfall Silver with contrasting satin black on the exhaust tips, vent grilles, and vanes. Surprisingly, order books are now opening meaning Aston hasn't sold them all yet.
The V12 Speedster starts at $950,000 with global deliveries starting in Q1 2021. We wouldn't be shocked if Aston Martin releases a V12 Vantage later on but it won't be a roofless beauty like this car.