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    V12 Speedster

    The Aston Martin V12 Speedster is here.

    The luxury British marque followed the likes of Bugatti and McLaren this week in unveiling their newest limited-edition showpiece, just 12 months after it was first announced.

    Created by bespoke customization service ‘Q by Aston Martin’, the V12 Speedster is limited to just 88 examples and is available to order. Prices start from around $990,500 USD while deliveries are expected Q1 of 2021.

    Described by Aston Martin as a “truly visceral driver’s car”, the V12 Speedster draws inspiration from the brand’s rich racing history and aeronautical design.

    Powered by a scintillating 5.2-liter, twin-turbo V12 engine, it produces a peak 700 bhp and 753 Nm of torque. The front-mid mounted 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.

    As such, the V12 Speedster can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in a thrilling 3.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 300 km/h. Completing the visceral experience is a bespoke stainless-steel exhaust system which produces quite the sound.  

    The unique chassis is a bespoke body made almost entirely from carbon fiber. It features no roof or windscreen, as well as elements from both the DBS Superleggera and Vantage models.

    Aston Martin traditions

    The V12 Speedster includes an independent double wishbone front, and multi-link rear suspension with coil springs and adaptive damping. It benefits from standard 21-inch forged centre lock alloy wheels. Carbon Ceramic Brakes of 410mm on the front axle and 360mm at the rear are also standard equipment.

    The interior of the V12 Speedster uses a mixture of modern and traditional materials including structural satin carbon fiber, hand-crafted leather, chrome, aluminium and 3D printed rubber. Two seats make up most of the interior, with many traditional parts removed to save weight.

    The V12 Speedster released at Aston Martin’s UK headquarters features conceptual livery born from a new collaboration with Boeing. Inspired by the legendary F/A-18 fighter jet and finished in Skyfall Silver, satin black is also used on both exterior and interior for contrast.

    Miles Nurnberger, Director of Design, Aston Martin Lagonda, said: “The V12 Speedster has been created to deliver an incredibly visceral experience, hence why it is a V12, rather than a V8. We are amplifying all the emotional strings that we can to the absolute maximum.”

    Matt Becker, Aston Martin Chief Engineer, said: “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.”

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