Aston's McLaren Elva rival gains a new design specification inspired by the marque's most successful race car, with order books now open.
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The 2021 Aston Martin V12 Speedster will be available in a heritage-inspired DBR1 specification, the brand has announced.

All 88 V12 Speedster buyers will have the option of the DBR1 specification, intended to pay homage to Aston Martin's most successful race car (of the same name), which won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans and an array of other high-profile sports-car races with drivers including Sir Stirling Moss and Carroll Shelby behind the wheel.

The ultra-limited V12 Speedster DBR1 references its competition forebear through a unique livery, comprising an Aston Martin Racing Green base paint hue with Clubsport White roundels and detailing, a Satin Silver anodised front grille, and silver wing badging.

Inside, occupants sit in sports seats wrapped in Conker saddle brown and Caithness green leather, while other materials used to trim interior surfaces include satin silver brushed aluminium, gloss carbon-fibre, and Viridian Green 'technical textile'.

Satin black 21-inch centre-locking alloy wheels fill the arches, while both driver and passenger score Aston Martin Racing Green helmets stowed beneath the integrated roll hoops.

No changes are made to the V12 Speedster's powertrain as part of the DBR1, meaning a carry-over 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12, sending 515kW and 753Nm to the rear wheels through an eight-speed ZF-built automatic gearbox.

Aston Martin quotes a 0-100km/h time of 3.4 seconds, towards a top speed of 319km/h.

Those figures represent significant leaps over the original DBR1, which following rule changes in 1958 could achieve a top speed of over 241km/h, thanks to a 186kW 2.9-litre (2922cc) naturally-aspirated inline-six, a five-speed manual transmission, and a circa-800kg weight claim.

Order books for the 2021 Aston Martin V12 Speedster's DBR1 package have now opened, with first deliveries slated for mid-2021. Pricing has yet to be announced, however expect a mild premium over the 'standard' V12 Speedster's £765,000 (AU$1.37 million) price tag.

The open-topped supercar won't be sold in Australia, the brand's local arm has confirmed, though it will be available to customers in New Zealand.