Aston MartinV12 Speedster

Aston Martin V12 Speedster: Roof free, screenless car lifts the gloom

Because of flatlining sales, high debt and caronavirus worries Aston Martin’s future is uncertain, but the V12 Speedster is breath of beautiful air.

Based on both the DBS Superleggera and Vantage, the V12 Speedster has bonded aluminum architecture with independent double wishbone front suspension, and multi-link rear suspension.

The adaptive dampers have three modes (Sport, Sport+ and Track), and there’s also carbon ceramic brakes with 410mm (16.1″) rotors at front and 360mm (14.2″) rotors at the rear, and delicious 21″ forged center lock wheels.

Just 88 V12 Speedsters will be built. Prices in the UK start from £765,000 (US$980,000) including VAT. The order books are open now, and the first deliveries will be made from Q1 2021.

Under the hood the V12 Speedster has a 5.2L twin-turbo V12 with 522kW (700hp) and 753Nm (555 lb-ft) with RWD and an 8-speed auto. Its 0-100km/h time is 3.5s, and its top speed is 300km/h (186mph).

This car has conceptual F/A-18 livery, and the cabin is split in two by a color bar down the middle. It also has structural carbonfiber trim, chrome and aluminum parts, saddle leather, and 3D printed rubber.