Aston launches DBR1 livery for V12 Speedster

Eyeing up a V12 but struggling on a spec? Aston has some inspiration for you…

By Matt Bird / Wednesday, April 28, 2021 / Loading comments

What with the launch of an F1 team, and a new Vantage inspired by the safety car, Aston Martin has had plenty to keep it occupied in recent months. Now it must redouble its efforts on a task that’s taking longer than expected: selling the V12 Speedster.

Just 88 are to be built but, as McLaren has discovered with the Elva (which had its production run reduced), there appears a mismatch between available supply and expected demand. Following the lead set by McLaren, Aston is now introducing heritage liveries to reignite interest in its incredible looking flagship.

Obviously, it couldn’t be anything but the DBR1. Not simply because it’s the most iconic Aston in the history of the brand, but also because there are some tangible links between the cars. Or rather, Aston Martin Racing Green seems to suit this car an awful lot more than some others – like the DBR1, the V12 is set to be preposterously fast, look spectacular and go without doors or a proper windscreen. There isn’t a motorsport link, of course, though it’s easier to see a common thread here than it is between a DBR1 and any other modern Aston. Attention is drawn to the CC100, too, the wild centenary concept from 2013, also powered by a V12 and stripped of any unnecessary fripperies.

To the specifics. Alongside the Racing Green paint, the DBR1 specification gives the V12 Clubsport White accents and a Satin Silver grille outside, with Conker saddle leather and further green highlights inside. The satin black diamond turned 21-inch centre lock wheels are also bespoke to the DBR1 spec; buyers will get helmets in the Aston Racing Green colour as well. You probably don’t need us to tell you the whole thing looks fantastic.

Marek Reichmann said of the latest configuration: “Creating a bespoke specification that nods to the glory of the DBR1 has been a huge privilege for my team and I, and I very much look forward to seeing these cars being driven with the same enthusiasm that we have applied to their design.”

Though orders are being taken for the V12 Speedster in the DBR1 homage colours – or in whatever spec you fancy, presumably, giving it costs £750k – the cars are in build as well. Aston reckons the first cars should be ready in the middle of this year, which should be the perfect time for some proper summer sun. And what could be better for that than a 700hp V12?


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