Taut, masculine lines blend seamlessly with Aston Martin signature styling to create something truly unique. Presumably fitted with a V12 engine, this front / mid-engined (I honestly can’t tell) design study proposes a model that would theoretically sit above the limited edition
By combining the compact agility of the Vantage chassis with the scintillating response of our legendary 6.0-litre V12 engine, a sports car of outrageous ability has emerged.
Giugiaro had already styled BMW’s first modern supercar, the 1978 M1, so his newer M12 was a natural evolution. Both cars shared the same BMW ‘kidney’ grill, low profile and mid-engine layout. Unlike the angular-lines from the seventies, Giugiaro gave the M12 a completely round greenhouse. Unfortunately, this also meant that split doors had to be fitted because the compound curve of the glass was too steep. Thus, the glass section of the door hinged at the T-Bar while the rest regular door swung out normally. Italdesign also fitted the entire greenhouse with mirror-finish tint, making it impossible to see the occupants or interior inside.
Long thought of as a concept car, Italdesign actually produced a version of the M12 for the Sultan of Brunei and his brother prince Jefri Bolkiah. Unlike the first show car, the production version was fitted with the S70B56 BMW V12, but upgraded by Alpina to produce more horsepower. This car, chassis 003/ID, was painted blue and has been recently seen in Singapore with Hong Seh Motors.
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