Aston Martin Is Building an Open-Top V-12 Speedster With 700 HP

Aston Martin announced late yesterday it will be building a limited-production, open-top Speedster, powered by a version of the 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine currently used in the DB11 and DBS Superleggera. It’s inspired by the company’s 1959 Le Mans winner, the DBR1, and just 88 examples will be built.

Aston didn’t release any photos along with the announcement—just the profile drawing shown above. From what we can see, the car, which the company calls the V12 Speedster, will lack a windscreen, and use dimensions similar to those found in the Ferrari Monza and McLaren Elva open-top supercars. The company didn’t give exact specifications, saying only that the engine will make “around” 700 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. It will send power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The DBR1 isn’t the only car that inspired Aston to build the V12 Speedster. The company says its painfully pretty CC100 Speedster concept from 2013 also contributed to the decision.

Order books for the V12 Speedster are already open, according to Aston Martin. The company expects deliveries to start in the first quarter of 2021. If it were us, we’d at least wait to see what it looked like before pledging any cash. Hopefully Aston will reveal the car in-full sometime soon.

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