Supercars with a permanently open roof seem to be the new trend.
It started with Ferrari when they launched the Monza SP1 and SP2. McLaren then followed with the Elva. Now, Aston Martin wants to join in with the new V12 Speedster.
Originally introduced last March as a prototype, the Speedster was a beauty. Now we get to see the vehicle in its near production-ready form, and it looks even more gorgeous on the road.
The roofless Aston Martin was created by the brand's Q customization division. Design-wise, it uses some bits and pieces from both the Vantage and the DBS Superleggera while removing the roof and windshield altogether. Lightweight 21-inch center lock wheels that hide the massive brakes and center-exit exhaust give it a sportier appeal.
Even though the V12 Speedster is a combination of the Vantage and DBS Superleggera, the styling is inspired by another open-top Aston Martin – the CC100 Speedster concept from 2013. The concept was unveiled in 2013 to mark the brand's centenary, and it too had a V12 with the roof deleted. No doubt this one looks a lot more sinister with the all-black look.
As its name implies, the open-top supercar uses a V12 engine under the hood. The 5.2-liter twin-turbo motor produces 700 horsepower and 753 Nm torque delivered to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Capable of sprinting from 0 to 97 km/h in just 3.5 seconds, owners can surely enjoy the V12 Speedster wherever they go...provided it doesn't rain.
Even though the murdered-out style of this V12 Speedster looks really cool, customers do have the option to spec the V12 Speedster to their liking considering each one has a base price of USD 950,000 (PhP 46 million). Only 88 units will be built globally and owners will have to wait until next year before deliveries begin. Hopefully, one customer with deep-pockets will spec theirs just like this one.