It’s a great time to be in the market for a car without a roof… The latest is this new Aston Martin V12 Speedster that comes at you inspired by fighter jets
Man, the rich folk really hate roofs. Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren and Bentley are already cashing in on the speedster craze, and now Aston Martin is joining the fad. The rest of us plebs will just have to get used to motoring around with panels over our heads like a bunch of cattle.
Anyway, the latest ultra-exclusive roofless wonders comes at you from Gaydon – the new Aston Martin V12 Speedster is limited to 88 examples worldwide, with pricing starting from a million bucks, US.
Created by Aston Martin’s Q customisation department, the V12 Speedster is inspired by jet fighters, or more specifically the McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. At least this showcased example is, with a bunch of F/A-18 design motifs splattered all over the car.
In the Speedster you’ll find a chassis made almost entirely out of carbon fibre, featuring 21-inch centre-lock wheels and carbon ceramic brakes measuring 410mm on the front axle and 360m at the rear. Owners can choose from various driving modes including Sport+ and Track. Aston Martin’s twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine has been boosted here to produce 700 horsepower and 735Nm of torque so you get zero to 100km/h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 300km/h which is likely to be an aerodynamic limitation. An eight-speed transmission sourced from ZF drives the rear wheels through a limited-slip differential.
The company’s design director Miles Nurnberger says his team looked at Aston’s history to come up with the styling, with cues coming off cars such as the 1959 Le Mans-winning DBR1, as well as the 1953 DB3S and the 2013 CC100 Speedster concept.
Orders for the Aston Martin V12 Speedster are already coming in with deliveries expected to begin early next year, so get yours in now if you want to join all the roofless trendsetters.