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2020 Aston Martin V12 Speedster

The group of investors who stand behind the Aston Martin Lagonda brand with a sum of 500 million pounds is being emphasised to the outside world. They want Aston Martin to become a superior supplier in the premium class. Lawrence Stroll is the owner of the Formula 1 team Racing Point and now the future chairman of the board. But this is not a chapter about the mid-engine model Valhalla, developed with the help of Red Bull Technology.

Because in addition to this and the SUV DBX, the company also has new front-engined sports cars for which it is actually famous. A particularly spectacular one is the V12 Speedster. However, it is not unique, because Aston Martin has also produced cars without windscreens, e.g. the CC 100 (pictures below). The V12 Speedster is inspired by the fighter plane Hornet F-18, which is indicated by small signatures in the interior.

The car is powered by a 5.2 litre V12 with twin turbo and 515 kW (700 hp), 753 Nm and still produced by Ford in Cologne (Germany), similar to the engine in the DBS. The eight-speed automatic transmission is from ZF. Despite the complete lack of a roof, 88 of them are sold at a price of £765,000 each. The traditional front grille is set so low that a wide horizontal gap remains at the front under the hood, somewhat reminiscent of the DB5.

The drive train is F1 accordingly connected with a limited slip differential on the rear axle and makes the car up to 300 km/h fast, acceleration 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. The bridge between the two seats is also called the 'spine' and might remind you a bit of the F1 halo system. At this speed at the latest, you may need helmets, which you can stow under the safety domes of the rear hood. At the latest when you're inside, you realise how much carbon has been used on this car, in- and outside.

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