Like the Valkyrie, V12 Speedster with a price tag of £765,000 (approx. RM4 million before taxes) tears up the Aston Martin rule book once again, with 88 examples set to hit the road by 2021.
Created by the brand’s “Q by Aston Martin” bespoke customisation service, the V12 Speedster with hints of the DBS Superleggera and Vantage, went from an idea to production in just over a year.
There’s also clear lineage from the 1959 Le Mans winning DBR1 to the Centenary celebratory CC100 Speedster Concept in 2013. There’s also a hint of the 1953 DB3S in the mid-section.
Powering the Speedster is a 5.2-litre V12 quad cam engine, with 700 hp and 753 Nm, paired to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with a limited-slip differential.
Large numbers indeed but in reality, it’s no quicker than a standard 911 Carrera 4S with a 0 to 100 km/h time of 3.5 seconds. The Carrera 4S does the same in 3.6 seconds. Top speed of the V12 Speedster is capped at 300 km/h, for obvious reasons.
21-inch forged wheels and carbon ceramic brakes are standard while the body is almost entirely made from carbon fibre.
Aside from being completely exposed to the elements, with the removal of the windscreen, aural pleasure comes from a stainless steel exhaust that exits from the centre of the rear diffuser.
Inside the open-air cabin is a tasteful blend of hand-crafted leather and carbon fibre. The fighter jet-like aura of the cockpit was inspired by the F/A-18 Hornet jet – a testament of Aston Martin’s intentions for it to be a living show car.