Extreme Aston Martin V12 Speedster confirmed as profit warning issued

Published: 08 January 2020

► New Aston Martin V12 Speedster
► Two-seat roadster, 88 to be built
► Announced in wake of profits warning

This is our first look at the new 2021 Aston Martin V12 Speedster, a low-volume two-seat alfresco sports car designed to showcase the bespoke engineering capability of the company's Q branch. It's designed to reference the 1959 Le Mans-winning speedster racer.

Only one shadowy silhouette has been shown so far - seemingly confirming the absence of a windscreen - but Gaydon has also confirmed a few technical details of the hardware underneath the pared-back bodywork:

  • 5.2-litre V12 twin-turbo engine related to DBS Superleggera's
  • 690bhp and 516lb ft target outputs for supercar performance
  • ZF eight-speed automatic transaxle for better weight distribution

The Speedster comes in the week Aston issued a profits warning, after sales slipped 7% last year to 5819 units. The company's trading performance was described as 'disappointing' and Gaydon has scaled back its margin forecast from 20% to 12.5-13.5%, sparking a slump in share price.

So they need the V12 Speedster to spark some interest... when can I buy one?

Only 88 Aston Martin V12 Speedsters will be made. The car will be fully unveiled later in 2020, with first customer deliveries due in the first quarter of 2021. Price tag? It's tipped to exceed £750,000...

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Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer (above) is hellbent on producing more low-volume specials and one-offs, as a way of tapping into the uber-rich market's insatiable appetite for novelty and as a way of keeping attention on the British sports car maker, as it struggles with profitability.

The big project the company needs to succeed is the DBX crossover - a well-proven recipe to boost sales, as proven by Porsche, Bentley, Maserati and other premium brands.

Palmer said: 'The V12 Speedster we’re proud to confirm today once again showcases not only this great British brand’s ambition and ingenuity, but also celebrates our rich and unrivalled heritage. The 88 enthusiast drivers and collectors who secure the keys to these cars can be confident that in doing so, they are also securing an iconic new piece of Aston Martin history.'

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By Tim Pollard

Editorial director of CAR's digital publishing arm. Motoring news magnet