Aston Martin V12 Speedster ​

Aston Martin V12 Speedster

Aston Martin has revealed a new styling package for the limited edition V12 Speedster, named after the brand’s highly successful 1950s racer. It’s the DBR1 and it features a range of styling tweaks designed to mimic the famous competition car of the 1950’s.

As neatly illustrated, the Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 features the same paint finish as its ancestor, sharing an identical shade of Aston Martin Racing Green for the bodywork and Clubsport White accents for the roundels and pinstripes.

A further thumbs up to the 1950s racer, the Speedster’s interior is finished in a blend of brown leather and green fabric. Mounted in the car’s bulkhead beneath a pair of transparent covers are two racing helmets finished in the same shade of green as the body.

Other enhancements include solid silver badges and diamond-turned 21-inch alloy wheels. The cabin also gets carbon fibre trim and brushed stainless steel switchgear, a “tasteful homage” to the classic racer.

The V12 Speedster is powered by Aston’s familiar twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12. It develops 690bhp and 753Nm of torque in the Speedster, which is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Aston Martin quotes the Speedster DBR1 has enough grunt for a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 198mph.

Aston Martin is currently taking orders for the limited edition supercar. Prices start from £765,000, although the company is encouraging buyers to personalise their cars, which will inflate that figure further. First deliveries are expected to begin in summer 2021.

The original Aston Martin DBR1 tore up the racing calendar in the 1950s, claiming victories at Spa, Goodwood, Le Mans and the Nurburgring. The car’s success was thanks in part to the British brand’s driver choice, with greats such as Sir Stirling Moss and Carrol Shelby both driving the DBR1.

Limited to 88 examples.

Using bonded aluminium architecture, it’s built on a mixture of DBS Superleggera and Vantage underpinnings to create a bespoke platform. The bodywork, described as “inspired by fighter jets as much as it is by our history”, is constructed almost entirely from carbonfibre and shown first in a livery reflecting the F-18 Hornet aircraft.

Like its relatives, the Speedster features double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension with adaptive dampers controllable by three drive modes. 21in forged centre lock wheels are standard, as are carbon ceramic brakes.

Replacing the usual glovebox is a removable leather bag; while the rear 'bumps' behind the driver also hide additional storage space underneath.

Aston Martin V12 Speedster