Intended for world premiere at Geneva, Aston Martin has unleashed the limited-edition V12 Speedster at its HQ. There are just 88 examples of the Aston Martin V12 Speedster in the world.
Aston Martin has a strong tendency to link fast cars and the world of aviation into one fine example. And this latest creation of the V12 Speedster comes in a conceptual F/A-18 livery. It took the guys at Gaydon nearly a year to come up with this Speedster from scratch.
The Aston Martin V12 Speedster uses a bonded aluminium architecture and elements from both the DBS Superleggera and Vantage model lines. The designers at Gaydon attributed the traits of the V12 Speedster to several heritage Aston Martin speedsters like the 1959 Le Mans winning DBR1 to Centenary celebratory CC100 Speedster Concept in 2013, as well as the 1953 DB3S.
As a Speedster, the V12 has no roof or windscreen, features a big engine and is down low, with broad shoulders, exemplified by the twin humps and spine separating the driver and passenger. The front’s got big grille, special headlights and nostril-like tip. They finished it off with a striking livery with the special Skyfall Silver coat, to go with contrasting satin black on the exhaust tips, vent grilles and vanes.
An interior that’s ready for action
On the inside, the V12 Speedster is ready for action. The cabin is made up of satin carbon fiber, 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. with satin dark chrome, machined aluminium, black leather, black technical textile, black carpets and red Aston Martin scripted door pulls.
The heart of it all
Powering the V12 Speedster is Aston Martin’s scintillating 5.2-liter, Twin-Turbo V12 engine, with a peak output of 700hp and 753Nm 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. The V12 Speedster is able to accelerate to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 300km/h..
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 comes fitted with standard 21-inch forged center lock alloy wheels, and Carbon Ceramic Brakes of 410mm on the front axle and 360mm at the rear. In addition, over the V12 Speedster’s unique chassis is a bespoke body constructed almost entirely from carbon fiber.
To make a soundnote worthy for the V12 Speedster, the Aston Martin guys have created a bespoke stainless-steel exhaust system exiting centrally into the diffuser surface at the rear of the car for an even more rousing, characterful sound from the drivetrain.
Aston Martin is accepting orders for the limited edition V12 Speedster, with pricing starting at 765,000 pounds. Deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2021.