Aston Martin has showcased its new V12 Speedster. Here's what you need to know about this extreme limited-edition performance model.
Aston Martin will be making just 88 examples of the new V12 Speedster. The British carmaker has pulled off an incredible feat, going from idea to production model in just over a year. It's a striking design and it looks like a proper racecar, with splashings of carbon fibre everywhere.
Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: “It makes me enormously proud to reveal Aston Martin’s latest, most exciting special model today. 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.”
Built on a unique bonded aluminium architecture with shared elements from the Vantage and DBS Superleggera, the V12 Speedster is a fascinating take on open-top performance. It features an independent double wishbone front, and multi-link rear suspension with coil springs and adaptive damping offering Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. There are 21-inch forged alloy wheels and carbon ceramic brakes.
The power comes from a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 motor mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. There's also a limited slip differential. It develops around 515 kW and 753 Nm, and it's capable of a claimed sprint time of 3.5 seconds to 100 kph and it'll run to a limited top speed of 300 kph.
Aston Martin says the order books are now open for its new V12 Speedster, with a price tag of £765,000 (R15 million). The first customers will be getting their cars in early 2021.