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Aston Martin Valkyrie Spider debuts with tiny butterfly doors

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Not that gullwing doors are larger.

Aston Martin has revealed the Valkyrie Spider that offers a bit more breathing space, literally, compared to the coupé version. Select invitees can check out the car at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, California. The Spider will be limited to 85 units, and deliveries are expected to begin in H2 2022.

As you can see, it’s a manually removable roof—comprising a carbon fibre central panel that latches onto the tub at the rear and to the windscreen surround at the front, along with a pair of polycarbonate roof windows, hinged on either side. The roof windows make it easy to get in and out, as the doors are rather small. Speaking of the doors, the windows remain fixed, but at least you can get some fresh air from the top.

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Aston Martin said that it had to recalibrate both the active aerodynamics and active chassis systems for roof-off driving, but otherwise, the Spider remains just as capable and extreme as the coupé. The Valkyrie Spider is claimed to be capable of achieving a top speed of 330+ km/h (205 mph) with the roof removed (350+ km/h or 217 mph with the roof on). In Track mode, the Spider can generate 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs) of downforce at 240 km/h (149 mph).

The 850 kW (1,156 metric hp/1,140 bhp) V12 hybrid powertrain remains unchanged.

With the Valkyrie Spider, we are taking that passion and emotion to the next level. The driving experience promises to be truly sensational. The sound of that 6.5-litre V12 engine revving to over 11,000 rpm with the roof removed is something I cannot wait to hear. — Tobias Moers, CEO, Aston Martin

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