Touted as a puristic limited edition for the most demanding drivers, the new Aston Martin V12 Speedster is upon us. The car was unveiled at an event held at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters in Warwickshire, England.
Designed and developed in a period of just 12 months by the company’s Q bespoke division, the car looks like something straight out of a sci-fi movie, as it comes without a roof or windshield.
Speaking about the car’s outlandish design, the company’s CEO Dr. Andy Palmer had this to say: “It makes me enormously proud to reveal Aston Martin’s latest, most exciting special model today.”
He adds: “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.”
Just like many supers cars today, the Speedster is built from carbon fiber materials with the car’s design team taking inspiration from some of the company’s old cars, most notably the 1959 Le Mans winning DBR1, and some of the newer ones like the CC100 Speedster concept car that was designed in 2013.
Interestingly, the car is also inspired by fighter jets and as the company’s Design Director Neil Nurnberger explains, it is the reason they chose a V12 engine over a V8 as they wanted to deliver absolute maximum performance.
Still about the engine, the Speedster comes with a V12 5.2-Litre twin-turbocharged powertrain that produces an impressive 700 horsepower and 753 nm of torque.
The mid-mounted all-alloy, quad cam 48-valve engine is mated to an 8-Speed automatic transmission system with a limited-slip differential powering the rear wheels, a combination that enables the Speedster to race from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds while maxing out at an electronically limited top speed of 186mph.
Commenting about the car’s performance, Aston Martin’s Chief Engineer Martin Becker elaborates: “for raw, driving thrills the V12 Speedster is unparalleled, the fully open element of the car adding a new dimension to the experience. It engages on every level, delivering a precise, involving driving experience, with agility and poise backed by abundant power from Aston Martin’s twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12. Driving doesn’t get any purer than this.