Aston Martin V12 Speedster unveiled to rival Ferrari Monza SP2

New limited-edition 700bhp range-topping model looks to the past for inspiration

Aston Martin has revealed its open-to-the-elements V12 Speedster for the first time after teasing the new model’s existence at the beginning of the year. Conceived a little over 12 months ago by Q by Aston Martin, the company says the Speedster is ‘a truly visceral driver’s car that draws inspiration from both the brand’s rich racing history and aeronautical design’.

While the V12 Speedster may give a nod to Aston’s past successes – the Le Mans-winning DBR1 and DB3S are both namechecked along with the CC100 Speedster Concept – it’s bang up to date in its architecture, utilising the bonded aluminium VH-II structure found in the DB and Vantage ranges. Power comes from Aston’s V12, and while finalised outputs have yet to be confirmed, Aston is currently estimating 700bhp and 555lb ft of torque, 15bhp and a surprising 109lb ft down on the DBS Superleggera.

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