Aston Martin’s open-top, fighter-jet-inspired V12 Speedster is actually for sale

Limited to just 88 examples
by Ollie Kew | Mar 5, 2020
PHOTO: Mark Riccioni
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Great news, Top Gear readers and millionaire car collectors! Welcome to a limited-edition supercar that—get this—isn’t yet sold out! You can have your very own Aston Martin V12 Speedster. One of 88 examples, to be precise. And you only have to find a mere £765,000 (around P49.8 million) for the privilege. Great news indeed.

That makes the V12 Speedster about six times as common as the Bentley Mulliner Bacalar—which is another new, British, 12-cylinder, two-seater speedster. But, the Aston Martin costs exactly half as much. Which one you’d have rather depends on how taken you are with the Aston’s spec.

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Now, there was a new Vantage Roadster about five minutes ago. What, then, is the point in this open-topped trinket?

Chiefly, its engine. All engine. Under the many-louvred hood, there’s no AMG-sourced bi-turbo V8. You’ll actually discover the full-fat 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 used in the DB11 and DBS Superleggera. Which is a bit like putting a cruise-ship engine in a pedalo. In this application, it’s been ordered to develop 691hp and 752Nm, which is a mighty total for a car that’s about as well-protected from the elements as a Himalayan goat herder.

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It’s faster, mind you. Reckon on 0-100kph in 3.5sec. Top speed? Limited, for reasons of cruelty to coiffured hairdos, to a mere 300kph. Gear shifting along the way is managed by Aston’s eight-speed automatic ’box. And it’s rear-drive. So, if the windchill hurricane doesn’t wake you up, exiting a roundabout surely will.

Because the Speedster is the brainchild of Aston Martin’s bespoke Q branch, they’ve been able to go a bit bonkers with the materials. Apparently, there’s 3D-printed rubber in that cabin. As you can see from the F-18 motifs, this Skyfall Silver example has some fighter-jet inspiration to it. And while there are no missiles or machine guns, there is practicality. Sort of.

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Instead of a glovebox, you get a removeable carry-on bag that lives ahead of the passenger, and there’s more luggage stowage beneath those trademark rear humps. Bet the heater’s half-decent, too.

You want more wanton silliness? Allow us to walk you round to the back. See that diffuser? Aston says the stainless-steel exhaust, which exits centrally through the panel, now generates “an even more rousing, characterful sound.” It’s warranty-guaranteed to melt the numberplates of cars behind you from twenty paces. Fine, we slightly made that up, but frankly Aston doesn’t say it’s not true.

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So, this or the Bentley? Well, it’s not a decision you need to ponder—the Bentley is sold out, and this one isn’t. Yet.

But it gets better than that. Because the Speedster proves that with some elbow grease and a new humped hood, the big, bruising Aston V12 can squeeze into a sub-DB11-sized car. New V12 Vantage, anyone?

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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