Created by bespoke customization service ‘Q by Aston Martin’, the Aston Martin V12 Speedster is a truly visceral driver’s car that draws inspiration from both the brand’s rich racing history and aeronautical design. The V12 Speedster glances back, with nods to historic Aston race cars such as the 1953 DB3S, especially around the car's midsection, plus the DBR1, most famously driven by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori to win the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. The interior has a mix of Conker saddle leather, Viridian Green technical textile, and Caithness leather. The cabin also contains gloss-finish carbon fiber touches and satin silver brushed aluminum switchgear.
Power comes from a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 that makes 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts or 700 metric horsepower) and 555 pound-feet (753 Newton-meters) of torque. It runs through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels where there is a limited-slip differential for maintaining traction. The brand estimates the V12 Speedster can hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.4 seconds. The top speed is 198 miles per hour (319 kilometers per hour), which would be quite an experience with no roof or windshield for the occupants. Aston Martin is still taking orders for the V12 Speedsters. The company is making just 88 of them, and the sports car has a starting price of $950,000.