When Aston Martin said it was working on a £1.2m supercar at the tail-end of 2008, we almost choked on our McDonald's extra-value meal (yeah, we all share one, you got a problem with that?). After all, isn't there supposed to be some sort of recession going on? Doesn't a snarling, bellowing tarmac-shredder go against our eco-friendly ideals?
Apparently not, because the One-77 has made the transition from technical illustration to a proper rolling chassis with a running powertrain that actually works. It recently had its first public unveiling -- alongside eight other concept and prototype cars -- at the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este in Italy, where visiting members of the public were invited to cast their vote on the best concepts on display. Unsurprisingly, the One-77 was voted best in class, with more than 30 per cent of the total votes.
The name One-77 refers to the fact that only 77 of these vehicles will be built. Each will have a 700bhp+ 7.3-litre V12 engine based on the 6-litre engines fitted to the DBS, DB9 and the current V12 Vantage. This, we understand, will give the car a 0-60mph time of under 4 seconds, and a top speed in excess of 200mph.
We're still some way off confirming the tech, but we know the One-77 will have Dynamic Suspensions Sool Valve (DSSV) technology, which can modify the shock-absorbing properties of the suspension, without you having to visit your local Halfords. If the V12 Vantage is anything to go by, it'll also have a hard-disk-based sat-nav system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, MP3 player connectivity, and an optional 700W audio system with Dolby Pro Logic II.
The One-77 is yours if you can afford the £200,000 deposit and the final £1.2m price tag. In other words, it probably won't be yours. Check out the pics in our gallery, though -- there's nothing wrong with window-shopping.
The custom-built interior is stunning. We're not so keen on the seat trim, but everything else looks on point. The leather detailing above the instrument panel and the chrome air vents are particularly appealing touches.