by Gauk
Thu, Jan 9, 2020 2:48 AM

Today Aston Martin confirmed the production of 88 stunning new V12 Speedsters.

  • New Aston Martin V12 Speedster has been confirmed for production to celebrate Aston's rich racing heritage, updated with their modern design language
  • The two-seater, open cockpit V12 Speedster honours Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1 and CC100 Speedster centenary concept car
  • Only 88 examples will be produced

Today Aston Martin confirmed the production of a strict limited number of a stunning new V12 Speedster. It will make its global debut later on in the year, with selected drivers around the world offered to purchase this celebration of the iconic British sports car brand’s proud past and exciting future.

Created by in-house bespoke service Q by Aston Martin working with the brand’s talented team of designers and engineers, the V12 Speedster elegantly combines an authentic, driver-oriented sports car with the cutting-edge of motorsport and aviation technology. The result? A gorgeous, two-seat, enthusiast driving machine.

The new car’s design is obviously contemporary, but also clearly nods to both Aston's legendary 1959 Le Mans 24 hours- and 1000km of Nürburgring race-winning DBR1 and the marque’s Centenary CC100 Speedster Concept from back in 2013. It’s futuristic, angular features are shaped from the same expert engineering and advanced materials used throughout Aston’s current sports car range.

(Pictured, from left to right: Aston Martin's 1959 DBR1 and the 2013 Centenary CC100 Speedster Concept)

The Le Mans-winning DBR1 was one of the inspirations for the V12 Speedster. It delivered Aston Martin’s most high-profile motorsport triumph to date and, of course, needs no introduction. One of only three cars in the 1950s to win both the World Sports Car Championship and Le Mans 24 Hours in the same year, the DBR1 defined not only motorsport pedigree but also exquisite design language, which is an enduring Aston Martin trademark.

Meanwhile, Aston's CC100 Speedster Concept was produced in 2013 to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th Anniversary. It also helped inspire the creation of the new V12 Speedster, which is the result of over 12 months of meticulous planning and design work by the teams from both Q by Aston Martin and Aston Martin Design.

At the Speedster's heart resides a high-performance variant of Aston’s now iconic, 5.2-litre V12 Twin-Turbo engine, capable of numbers around 700 PS and 700 Nm. Offering stunning performance, superb response and of course, a goosebump-inducing V12 soundtrack. The engine is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission mounted towards the rear of the car.

Naturally, as expected of an Aston Martin, the powertrain found in the V12 Speedster character in abundance, with engine note and sound quality playing an integral part in the thrilling driving experience.

Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, said: “The V12 Speedster we’re proud to confirm today once again showcases not only this great British brand’s ambition and ingenuity, but also celebrates our rich and unrivalled heritage.

“The 88 enthusiast drivers and collectors who secure the keys to these cars can be confident that in doing so, they are also securing an iconic new piece of Aston Martin history.”

Orders are now being taken for the 88 examples of the V12 Speedster, being hand built by the brand, with deliveries expected to commence in the first quarter of 2021.

published by Gauk

 

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