If you are a collector of serial hypercars this is your next open-air cart of wealth, ready to fill that gap in your collection alongside your Ferrari Monza, McLaren Elva, Bentley Bacalar and McLaren-Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss .
And if you’re not one of those things, you couldn’t care less about the absurd idea of a 700-horsepower (okay, 691-hp) V12 two-seater with less weather protection than a Shepherd. of Himalayan goat. Hard to justify this car, you see.
The V12 Speedster has no roof, no roof option, and no mounting points for a roof. It has no windows. And instead of a windshield, each of the twin cockpit segments is shielded from the impending hurricane by nothing more than a glass aerodynamic ramp that resembles that of a WWI biplane.
Significantly, Aston Martin limited the top speed of the car…. at 186 mph. On the way, it goes 62 mph in 3.5 seconds. Which means it could be eaten at the traffic lights by a BMW M3.
It is by no means the fastest car in the world, or even in the Aston team. It doesn’t have to be, because as you found out the first time you cycled down a really big hill, going 25 to 30 miles an hour without face protection is more than enough to dry off. your eyes in a bloodshot ping-pong. balls and push a blue bottle into each nostril.
Since you no longer get trivial luxuries like windshield wipers, sun shades, window motors, or a rearview mirror, you’d expect Aston to reflect those savings in the price. And they did. The V12 Speedster starts at £ 765,000 including tax. If you want it in that special ’50s DBR1 racer tribute livery – or the F-18 military aerospace paintwork that’s also on the menu – then you’re unlikely to get much of a change from eight hundred thousand dollars.
Indeed, the V12 Speedster is a steal. Although it costs around three times as much as an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante – which is actually more powerful – the V12 sells for half the price of Bentley’s Ferrari Monza, McLaren Elva or Bacalar. Welcome to the reasonably priced Speedster.
In addition, the Aston is a rare machine: only 88 will be produced, against 500 Monzas, 149 Elvas and several thousand DBS or Vantage convertible tops. You are definitely going to be the only person in your tax haven to get one. And in spring 2021, they were not all sold …
So if you flip your debit card between your fingers and wonder if you should click ‘add to cart’, let us walk you through exactly what to expect from the Aston V12 hair dryer.