In the 21st century at least, the most iconic Aston Martins have had a V12 engine. Think Vanquish, DBS, One-77, V12 Vantage and so on. Now another model looks set to join those ranks, as Aston accelerates testing of the V12 Speedster ahead of production.
This is the first time we've seen the Speedster outside a studio, the car having been announced early in 2020 and then revealed as a spectacular 700hp, £800k reality in March. These the official pictures from development testing, part of that new phenomenon where manufacturers beat smartphone-wielding teenagers to the chase by just publishing their own (usually much higher quality) pics of an upcoming car. Still, any opportunity to gawp at this new V12 is one worth taking, right?
Matt black and without windscreen or roof, the Speedster currently resembles Batman's hill climb special. The familiar Vantage elements (lights and grille) are made to look almost ordinary set against the incredible bodywork. Note in particular the pronounced buttresses behind the seats, the louvres in the bonnet and the dramatic side strakes in the doors. The section that divides both occupants continues across the bonnet to become an enormous intake, the 5.2-litre V12 presumably requiring a lot of cooling now it's stuffed into the smaller body. And, well, if the wild styling touches can't feature on the extremely limited edition, where can they?
Aston Martin has done nothing more than release the images for the public to ogle, without any further details. You could argue it doesn't need to do anything more. Not when just 88 are being produced; we'd be amazed if Aston has any build slots left. Still, if they do, this latest release is a pretty good advert for going matt black...
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