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Why: Aston Martin, the go-to vehicle for James Bond, unveiled the V12 Speedster at its Gaydon, UK, headquarters in March, after the global coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the Geneva Motor Show; 88 hand-built cars are expected to be delivered by 2021.
The high-performance car was created by the British marque’s bespoke customization service, Q by Aston Martin. It has no roof or windscreen. The company advises drivers and passengers to wear helmets or goggles. Aston Martin fans will love lines that are inspired by the DBS Superleggera, the car that will appear in the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die .
The bespoke body is built almost entirely from carbon fibre. The Speedster pays homage to the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jet with a long spine like a cockpit that divides the driver from the passenger. Design was also influenced by the giant V12 engine, with additional coolers on either side of the grille and an extra air duct on the bonnet, which Miles Nurnberger, Aston’s director of design, says was inspired by the DB5.
The livery of the show car at Gaydon was finished in Skyfall Silver, with satin black exhaust tips, vent grilles and vanes. The interior features a mix of technical fabrics and leathers, including pops of red leather pull-tags.
The Aston Martin V12 Speedster boasts the latest 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine with a peak output of 700hp and 753Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0 to 62mph in 3.5 seconds, with a top speed of 186mph (299km/h).
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