Automotive brands are bringing back extreme roadsters without windshields. Ferrari introduced the Monza as a one and two-seater (click here to read the full article). McLaren introduced the Elva. Lamborghini introduced the one-off Aventador J. And Aston Martin released the V12 Speedster in March 2020. This supercar is an open two-seater powered by a V12 engine with 700 hp. Aston Martin will build only 88 examples of the V12 Speedster and deliveries will begin in early 2021.
Some of you might ask ‘what’s the sense behind a car without windshield’? Long story short, it’s the driving experience. The internal department for special editions, called ‘Q by Aston Martin’, promises the V12 Speedster will deliver stunning driving adventures. From a design perspective the two-seater makes a statement. From the front, you’re greeted by the characteristic Aston Martin radiator grille which turns into an endless-looking hood that reaches over to a bar, separating the cockpit into two different cabins which Aston Martins calls the ‘spine’ of the car.
You can assume that the whole car took inspiration from a fighter jet with its clear references in both the interior and exterior (e.g. the finished satin black exhaust tips, vent grilles and carbon ceramic breaks). Other notable resemblances are the red accents and doorhandles inside the car, that remind me of the red ribbons "remove before flight" of a fighter jet. And while there isn’t a glove compartment to be find in front of the passenger’s seat, there is a removable leather bag.
Thanks to its carbon-fiber body and its 5.2 liter turbocharged twelve-cylinder engine with 700 hp, the British supercar accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Aston Martin claims the top speed at 300 km/h, but I can’t quite fathom going that fast without any windshield.
Although the V12 Speedster is cheaper than the other windshield-less supercars, the list price starts at GBP 765,000 (roughly 940’000 CHF). This purist supercar is a limited edition as only 88 units will be produced. We’ve highlighted the “skyfall silver” model in the pictures below which have been beautifully captured by the talented photographer, Casper Bijmans (IG @csprb ).
From GBP 765,000 GBP upwards
Small production batch of only 88 cars
Short and simple - on the race circuit. The car was made for the track and I am sure it’s most enjoyable driving through curves and straights at full speed.
Aston Martin draws level with other renowned supercar manufacturers and shows that they can build a speedster on equal terms. From the design perspective, I love the red ribbons inside the car – you see I enjoy the simple things in life.
Photography: Casper Bijmans IG: @csprb