Aston Martin V12 Speedster proves less is more, and costs more too
What do you think of speedsters?
They seem to be bothering fashion at the moment and yet they divide opinion among car enthusiasts impractical, overly expensive, poses cars seem to be some of the things thrown at them by the naysayers yet, if you like something like an aerial item, for example, why wouldn't you like a stripped back supercar like this?
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Over there, it takes inspiration from well, originally i suppose 1953 the DB three S then through to 1959 when they won the more with the DBR one, and then through to the centenary concept there was the CC 100 which was shown in 2013 but never made it into production.
And now is this.
And just sitting here.
It feels really, I think really cool to be in no windscreen fairly obviously no roof we've got these double bubbles behind me and then the interior so we've got a lot of satin carbon fibre and it does feel really light.
I love this spine running down here.
This is Skyfall silver by the way Over there on the passenger side you've got a sort of a leather bag instead of a glove box and there's just a cover that will go over this car in case of rain and is parked up.
It's a mixture of kind of modern with that carbon fibre.
We've got the three forms, how many in here and then the subtle leather here with the red highlights.
There's also something very cool about the design of this and that they've done a particular design for this car which customers can spec or not as they wish, which is takes inspiration from the F/A/18 Super Hornet, which was originally Donald Douglas and then it's now Boeing.
And Fortuitously perhaps, is the plane that I think is gonna feature largely in the upcoming Top Gun Maverick film.
So that's pretty cool.
All sorts of things going through my head now in terms of soundtracks.
Anyway, let's get out and talk a bit about the mechanicals.
Whilst we're here actually, just before I talk about the outside of the car, it's worth pointing out that the stickers on this show car In the real thing, they'll be sort of inlaid underneath the lacquer, so that's just for this car.
It's also some 3d printed rubber in there.
Anyhow, let's talk about the chassis underneath this because it's a blend of DBS, Superleggera, and Vantage.
So, it's the bonded aluminium construction that we're used to with.
Aston Martin but it is bespoke for this car.
Now talking of those two cars, the DBS and the Vantage, I think it's a sort of blend of those, two cars down the front here as well.
We've got the big grill, which we used to turn from DBS and then these lights are certainly, very, reminiscent of the current Vantage Obviously different on this speedster, though, is this intake here underneath the bonnet.
What's underneath the bonnet?
Well it's the 5.2 liter twin turbo-charged V12, which we've seen in the DBS Super Nigero.
Here it's putting out 690 brake horsepower and 555 Pounds foot of talk, which is slightly less than the DBS but this also weighs less.
This weighs around about 1800 kilos, which is about 140 kilos less than the volante version of the DBS about 40 kilos less than the coupe version.
As we moved out here, wheels well we've got center lock.
Forged alloy wheels and behind those are carbon ceramic brakes as standard as you'd expect really 410 millimeters in diameter on the front, 360 millimeters in diameter on the rear.
Double wishbone at the front multi link set up at the rear which seems to be way Aston martin is going at the moment.
Coil springs, and adaptive dampers and you've got, Sport Plus and track which are all changed by the bottom on this familiar will in here.
Let's just talk about the design for a moment because speedsters can be It can be a little awkward, because when you take away the windscreen, with a lot of real estate here, very sort of flat expanse until you get to the bits back here.
Obviously, because it's Cue by Aston Martin you could design something for yourself.
And I think if I was buying one of these, I might sort of put some impressive little aero screens Is just here cuz it wants to break it up a bit, don't know.
What do you think?
Let us know in the comments below.
I love these around here for the for the wing mirrors they look very elegant indeed.
Moving down worth mentioning and I just noticed the big carbon patterns in there we've got an eight speed zetter.
Automatic gear box in there, which is probably what you'd expect.
Notice that E-Diff in the rear.
The back is very distinctive.
Again, we can see elements of Vantage certainly in the light bar at the back, which I suppose also links to DBX, because that takes inspiration from the Vantage as well.
And then down at the bottom there, we have a bespoke stainless steel exhaust system, just so you get all of the wonderful sound from that V 12, which is what this car is all about talking to double bubbles back here as well.
How are you going to keep the flies out of your teeth as you're going along?
Well, there is storage for a couple of Crash helmets under here, which you can see underneath the glass there.
And you can fit a bit of other luggage in there as well.
So you can go on a nice long journey as long as it's somewhere nice and hot and sunny.
The price for all this is 765,000 pounds, which is An awful lot of money.
And certainly sort of for the naysayers that say, they're too expensive, that might seem like, well, it is too expensive.
But let's just compare it to a couple of the other speeches out of the cars that if you were dreaming up your triple test for 2021 when deliveries for this will start, which must be the McLaren Elva.
And of course, the Ferrari Monza, SP 1 RSP 2 depending whether you have one or two seats, and those cars are considerably more expensive.
They both have around about 800 brake horsepower.
They weigh in implant placement not quite sure yet but sub 1200 kilos for that, around 1500 kilos for the Ferrari so yes on paper Fair enough, they might have a little more performance although this is not 62 three and a half seconds tops be hundred 86 miles an hour limited obviously because the lack of windscreen but those cars while you're looking at about twice the amount of money for the McLaren, It's 1,425,000 pounds I think for an Elva.
And then for a Ferrari, you're looking at 2.35 million.
Yet they're producing 500 of the Ferrari and 399 if they can sell them all presumably, of the McLaren, and yet there will just be 88 of these.
So this is the Bargain and is also the rarest with that very small subset of cars.
The supercar speedster.
What do you think?
Let us know in the comments below.
I can see myself dropping this perhaps on the target Florida route or million million rate equally hot summer v 12.
Flies in your hair, should be good.
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