Aston Martin has launched a completely topless two-seater 186mph supercar with no roof or windscreen aimed at purist driving enthusiasts.
Just 88 examples of the dramatic new £765,000 V12 Speedster will be built ready for first deliveries early next year.
Powered by a 700 horsepower 5.2 litre twin turbo V12 engine linked to an 8-speed automatic gear-box it accelerates from rest to 62mph in 3.5 seconds and is described as a ‘puristic’ roadster offering ‘scintillating’ performance.
No roof; no screen; no problem: Aston Martin has done away with formalities, launching a supercar that’s open to the elements but still capable of hitting speeds of up to 186mph
Inspired by the F/A-18 Superhornet fighter jet – the one used in the upcoming Tom Cruise film, Top Gun: Maverick -and historic racing Aston Martins, it is the second car unveiled this week that has no roof – following the unveiling of the £1.8million Bentley Bacalar yesterday.
Chief engineer, Matt Becker, said of the new topless Aston Martin: ‘For raw driving thrills, the V12 Speedster is unparalleled.
‘The fully open element of the car adds a new dimension to the experience.’
Becker promised: ‘Driving doesn’t get any purer than this.
‘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.’
Space is at a premium and function trumps fripperies, such as a cover to keep the rain out.
An Aston Martin spokesman said: ‘To protect the fluid design of the car we did not create a fixable tonneau cover. Something that could be fitted would have left a variety of fixing points across the top of the car’s exterior.’
When parked up, however: ‘There’s a full size car cover that is located in the car and can be thrown over if required.’
The completely topless two-seater Aston Martin V12 Speedster with no roof or windscreen is aimed at driving enthusiasts
Just 88 examples of the dramatic new £765,000 V12 Speedster will be built ready for first deliveries early in 2021
The driver and passenger sections of the cockpit are divided with a fin that run from nose to tail, similar to that of a fighter jet
A removable leather bag in front of the passenger replaces the traditional glovebox and there is additional storage space for minimal luggage under the rear bumps.
Buyers can specify a cover for when the car is static and parked, but when driving they are completely open to the elements, rain or shine.
Aston Martin Lagonda president and chief executive Dr Andy Palmer said: ‘The 88 hand-built cars will be sought after by driving enthusiasts and collectors alike all around the world.’
The V12 Speedster was created by Aston Martin’s bespoke customisation service ‘Q by Aston Martin’.
The car was launched from Aston Martin’s headquarters in Warwickshire after the Geneva Motor Show, where it was to have been revealed, was cancelled because of the coronavirus.
No slouch: Powered by a 700 horsepower 5.2 litre twin turbo V12 engine linked to an 8-speed automatic gear-box it accelerates from rest to 62mph in 3.5 seconds
Buyers can specify a cover for when the car is static and parked, but when driving they are completely open to the elements, rain or shine
Aston says it’s inspired by its old racing cars and also the F/A-18 fighter yet, as shown with this plaque and other commemorative markings dotted across the cabin
Pictured: F/A-18 Superhornet fighter jets the Aston Martin V12 Speedster is a tribute to. The plane features in the upcoming Tom Cruise Top Gun: Maverick film
Aston Martin V12 Speedster: Will it fit in my garage?
Built: Gaydon, Warwickshire, England.
Limited run: 88
Engine: 5.2-litre Twin Turbo V12
Power: 700 horse-power
Gears: 8-speed automatic
0-62mph: 3.5 seconds
Top speed: 186mph
MPG: circa 18mpg (estimate)
CO2 emissions: circa 317g/km (estimate)
It uses the latest bonded aluminium architecture and elements from both the DBS Superleggera and Vantage model lines to create its own unique platform. The bespoke body sitting over the unique chassis is constructed almost entirely from carbon fibre.
There are 410mm carbon ceramic brakes on the front axle and 360mm at the rear as standard.
Aston Martin said: ‘Conceived a little over 12 months ago, the V12 Speedster has undergone an intensive development programme, going from drawing board to production reality within that short period.
‘Demonstrating the skills and meticulous planning of ‘Q by Aston Martin’ and Aston Martin Design, the V12 Speedster is a living show car, underlining the company’s commitment to deliver customers a stunning driver’s car, using the engineering ingenuity and advanced materials evident throughout the entire Aston Martin range.’
Design director Miles Nurnberger said: ‘With the V12 Speedster we do go back a step and look into our past for inspiration. Since the DB11 launch, everything has been focused and very forward looking. Here though, we find a different tempo.
‘There’s clear lineage from the 1959 Le Mans winning DBR1 to our Centenary celebratory CC100 Speedster Concept in 2013. There is also a bit of 1953 DB3S in the mid-section, so it really is our latest incarnation of the Speedster concept.’
He added: It’s also inspired by fighter jets as much as it is by our history. It has been created to deliver an incredibly visceral experience. That’s why it is a V12, rather than a V8. With the V12 Speedster we are amplifying all the emotional strings that we can to the absolute maximum.’
Nurnberger stressed: ‘No roof or screen, a big engine, low, with broad shoulders and exaggerated and emotional styling with twin humps and the spine separating the driver and passenger.’
He said the light, low, rear end contrasts with the bold, enlarged grille, unique headlights and bonnet nostril at the front: ‘ The bonnet nostril we haven’t done in a very long time, but we’ve brought them back. It’s a neat trick visually to allow us to win some space for the V12. It creates this iconic looking vent.’
The V12 Speedster was created by Aston Martin’s bespoke customisation service ‘Q by Aston Martin’
The interior uses a mix of traditional and modern materials. Structural satin carbon fibre contrasts with traditional hand-crafted Saddle Leather, chrome, aluminium and even 3D printed rubber
To create a ‘more invigorating’ sound when accelerating, Aston Martin’s engineers have created a bespoke stainless-steel exhaust system
The interior uses a mix of traditional and modern materials. Structural satin carbon fibre contrasts with traditional hand-crafted Saddle Leather, chrome, aluminium and even 3D printed rubber.
Aston Martin said: ‘Visually and physically the interior reduces mass, for a leaner, efficient style, but one that retains all the emotion and craftsmanship Aston Martins are renowned for.’
To create a ‘more invigorating’ sound when accelerating, Aston Martin’s engineers have created a bespoke stainless-steel exhaust system.
The firm added: ‘With the V12 Speedster, every element of the drive is experiential, most obviously the removal of the windscreen adding to the visceral engagement, heightening the driving experience to new levels.’
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