Aston Martin to launch 690bhp Le Mans-inspired V12 Speedster

Aston Martin to launch 690bhp Le Mans-inspired V12 Speedster
Aston Martin to launch 690bhp Le Mans-inspired V12 Speedster

Aston Martin has announced that it is to create a limited edition open-top Speedster inspired by its Le Mans racing history.

The Aston Martin V12 Speedster will make its public debut later this year and cars will start reaching customers in early 2021.

Only 88 examples of the two-seat, open-cockpit road car will be built and pricing is yet to be announced but it is thought the V12 Speedster will cost in the region of £700,000-£800,000.

Ahead of its public unveiling, Aston Martin has revealed a teaser sketch of the car, hinting at its shape. The British car maker says that the exclusive new model will be “modern and dynamic” but with clear nods to both its 1959 DBR1, which won the Le Mans 24 hours and 1000km of Nürburgring, and the marque’s centenary CC100 Speedster Concept from 2013.

Developed by its in-house bespoke service, Q by Aston Martin, the V12 Speedster will use aviation and motorsport technology to offer an “authentic driver-orientated sports car”.

1959 Aston Martin DBR1 and 2013 CC100 Speedster
The V12 Speedster draws inspiration from both the 1959 DBR1 race car and 2013’s CC100 Speedster Concept (Photo: Aston Martin)

Aston isn’t giving away much detail on what those aviation and motorsport technologies are but has revealed what will power the Speedster. As the name suggests, it’s a V12, Specifically, the same 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 found in the DB11 and DBS Superleggera. In the V12 Speedster it will produce 690bhp and 516lb/ft and be mated to a rear-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The V12 Speedster is the latest historically inspired supercar following the Ferrari Monza, designed to evoke the style of Maranello’s open-top racers of the 1950s, and the McLaren Elva, which draws its name from the racing team’s cars of the 1960s.

2013 Aston Martin CC100 Speedster
The 2013 CC100 Speedster Concept hints at the form the V12 Speedster will take (Photo: Aston Martin)

Aston Martin Lagonda president and group CEO, Dr Andy Palmer said: “The V12 Speedster we’re proud to confirm today once again showcases not only this great British brand’s ambition and ingenuity, but also celebrates our rich and unrivalled heritage.

“The 88 enthusiast drivers and collectors who secure the keys to these cars can be confident that in doing so, they are also securing an iconic new piece of Aston Martin history.”

The announcement of the V12 Speedster comes as Aston Martin faces financial difficulties. Share prices in the British car maker slumped this week after it issued another profit warning following falling sales and tightening margins.

The brand is pinning its hopes of a recovery on its new DBX. The SUV, developed and built at the recently opened factory in St Athan, Wales, is designed to attract a new audience to the marque and capitalise on the growing market for ultra-luxurious SUVs.

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