A Puristic Limited-Edition
Created by the brand's bespoke customisation service, 'Q by Aston Martin', and the company's in-house design team, the V12 Speedster is a limited-edition driver's car that embodies the brand's phenomenal heritage.
Having been meticulously engineered throughout, the V12 Speedster is a show car that places the driver and passenger at the very centre of the experience. Advanced materials and innovation are the forefront of the V12 Speedster's design, making it a worthy addition to the existing Aston Martin range.
Just 88 examples of this extraordinary limited-edition vehicle are being produced, guaranteeing its place as a sought-after collector's item.
Design and Inspiration
Although a number of design cues from the legendary 1950s DBR1 have been woven into the design of the V12 Speedster, a large portion of the car's silhouette has been inspired by a previous concept car from 2013, called the CC100 Speedster.
The V12 Speedster incorporates a long, sweeping bonnet that boasts a large air intake and two vents either side. In addition, the front and rear end feature design elements from the astonishing Aston Martin Vantage and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, vehicles that are recognised for their agility and immeasurable presence.
Each configuration features forged alloy wheels that utilise a centerlock, which is a wheel-hub design that is common sight on racing cars because it allows prompt removal of the wheels during a pitstop. Behind the wheels live carbon ceramic brakes, with 410mm and 360mm diameter discs featuring on the front and rear respectively.
Interior and Materials
Aston Martin have utilised a cockpit design within the V12 Speedster, placing the occupants at the very centre of the experience. Although from some angles it would appear that the driver and passenger are completely separate from one another, there is a gap below the spine that runs down the centre of the car.
The absence of a windscreen or roof merely enhances the driving experience. However, the bubbles behind each seat feature a small storage compartment for a helmet should you desire protection from the elements.
A sea of satin carbon fibre complements the V12 Speedster's elegant cockpit design, which has drawn inspiration from the Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet while implementing a modern twist. A leather bag replaces the traditional glovebox and houses a cover for the car should it be raining when you park.
Engine and Performance
A vehicle such as the V12 Speedster generates a vast number of talking points, one of which lives under the bonnet. Powered by the brand's illustrious 5.2-litre, twin-turbocharged V12 engine, you can expect a peak output of 690bhp and 555 lb/ft.
Beautifully crafted from alloy, the quad cam 48-valve engine is complemented by an 8-speed automatic gearbox, which sends power to the rear wheels via a clever limited-slip differential.
As a result of the above, the V12 Speedster can achieve the 0 to 62mph sprint in just 3.5 seconds, and will continue pulling all the way to a limited top speed of 186mph. Remarkable numbers given the lack of roof or windscreen. Completing the package is a bespoke stainless steel exhaust system, granting the driver and passenger VIP access to the sonorous noise produced by the V12 engine.
Available Through Stratstone
With only 88 examples being produced, the Aston Martin V12 Speedster represents another pinnacle moment that pays homage to the brand's long lineage of iconic vehicles. The inspiration from the British marque's racing heritage is there for all to see, while the astonishing levels of engineering and design deserve celebration.
The V12 Speedster is available to order through our Stratstone Aston Martin retailers, which are located in the heart of London and the county of Cheshire.