There are plenty of ways to taste the crisp autumn air, but Aston Martin’s topless V12 Speedster makes us forget all about hiking boots and wish we had an extra $950,000 on hand. To fuel our dreams of the ultimate October track day, Aston Martin has released photos of a matte black open-air prototype hitting the road “before dynamic development begins in earnest.”
In earnest, we’d be happy to help with that.
Aston Martin first dropped full details of the 700-hp exotic back in March. Gaydon’s entry is fashionably late to the high-dollar speedster party; McLaren debuted the $1.85M Elva in November of last year, and Ferrari pulled the silk off its Monza SP1 and SP2 at the 2018 Paris show. By our reckoning, it’s never too late to debut a V-12-powered exotic that looks this good.
The V12 Speedster’s carbon-fiber body rides on Aston Martin’s bonded aluminum architecture and shares components with both the DBS Superleggera and the Vantage. Under the hood sits a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 tuned to 700 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. That powerplant exhales through a bespoke stainless-steel exhaust system that we cannot wait to hear. To help rein in all that English oomph, 16-inch carbon ceramic rotors sit at the front with 14-inch units at the back. Snazzy 21-inch center-lock wheels complete the package.
Unfortunately, you’re far more likely to spot a V12 Speedster on Instagram, gracing the driveway of a stunning villa, than at your local racing circuit. Aston Martin plans to produce only 88 of these track-only specials.