Aston Martin's ultra-exclusive One-77 - which has been on information drip-feed since we got our first whiff of it at the Paris Motor Show in 2008 - moves another step closer to production reality, with the first working prototype to be unveiled at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este at Lake Como, Italy tomorrow.
At last month's Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin came to the show armed with a bevy of technical details about its new flagship. Highlights include a low-weight Cosworth-developed 7.3 litre version of Aston?s V12 engine, which punches out 522kW (700hp) through an electronically controlled six-speed paddle-shift manual.
Production numbers of the ultimate Aston Martin are capped at 77 and despite the expected ?1.2 million (AUD $2.5 million) price tag every production slot is now accounted for.
"This is a major step in One-77?s engineering program, showing the first complete car, and will demonstrate new benchmarks in many different fields of automotive design," said D-r Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin's Chief Executive.
?The One-77 demonstrates the unique capabilities of our company ? it encompasses engineering excellence with a great passion from our engineers, designers and technical partners.
?The craftsmanship and design that has gone into the creation of the Aston Martin One-77 lifts automotive engineering into the realm of art.
"With its finely sculpted forms and sleek lines, it is an expression of unparalleled beauty that embodies everything Aston Martin stands for."
The One-77 represents Aston Martin's most ambitious production model yet and introduces a new level of customisation for buyers of the exclusive GT. Dr. Bez believes that, like a tailored suit, each car should fit its owner.
As part of the program each car will be specifically tuned by Aston Martin engineers in areas such as suspension comfort and even go so far as to tailor the seats to each owner and their preferred passenger.
The first customer car will to roll out of the company?s Gaydon factory later this year, with production of all 77 cars expected to be completed by the end of 2010.