Aston Martin is one step closer to realising fantasies of saving the world in a fighter jet. But that’s only if you’ve got $950,000 to spare.
No, the British car manufacturer isn’t entering the aerospace industry, but it is the inspiration behind the company’s freshly unveiled V12 Speedster, so it’s a close second.
The supercar debuted during an online presentation on Wednesday morning – this after the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show due to the coronavirus outbreak – with its looks modelled after an F/A-18.
Roofless, and with no windscreen, the V12 Speedster is designed by Aston Martin’s bespoke customisation team in conjunction with Boeing. The novel two-seater is the boldest version of the sports car with a rich racing history. “There’s clear lineage from the 1959 Le Mans winning DBR1 to our centenary celebratory CC100 Speedster Concept in 2013,” explained Miles Nurnberger, Director of Design at Aston Martin. “There is also a bit of 1953 DB3S in the mid-section, so it really is our latest incarnation of the Speedster concept.”
The retrofuture design elements extend beyond just the flashy exterior, with the inside boasting handcrafted saddle leather, chrome, aluminium as well as 3D-printed rubber. The greatest flex is the attention to detail, including a removable leather bag positioned in front of the passenger that replaces the traditional glove box. But fret not – this isn’t the only luggage space. There’s more room for storage under the two rear bumps behind the seats.
As its name suggests, the latest Speedster is powered by Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine with a peak output of 700hp and 753Nm of torque. The quad cam 48-valve engine and ZF 8-speed automatic transmission allow it to take flight to 100kph in 3.5sec and reaching a top speed of 300kph.
Picture yourself as Will Smith in Independence Day, but a lot cooler – and with no apocalyptic aliens to fend off.
Hurry. Only 88 limited-edition models will be available.