A worldexclusive drive in Aston’s £1.2m mega GT Issue 234 – this month in 2012
Sorry to burst the bubble, but TG doesn’t have the luxury of being able to purchase every car we drive... mostly, we rely on manufacturers to loan us theirs. Unfortunately, Aston made a pledge that no media would be allowed to drive its ultra-rare, ultra-pricey 750bhp One-77, even when the full production run was sold out. This led us to get... creative.
So, when Mr Al Ketbi, owner of Dubai dealership Al Ain Class Motors, told us he had purchased a One-77 and we were welcome to come and have a go in it in Dubai’s backyard, we were on a plane quicker than you can say third-degree sunburn.
It’s an odd exercise, reviewing a car that’s already sold out – did anyone really care how we rated it? All the more reason to immerse ourselves in the extraordinary experience of it all – that aluminiumclothed carbon chassis, the sculptural in-board pushrodactuated coil springs, the Cosworthfettled, 7.3-litre naturally aspirated V12 producing 750bhp and 750Nm of torque. Unsurprisingly, as we pinned it down sandy straights and the occasional corner, it was that front-mid-mounted engine that dominated, emitting a “heartpiercing scream” beyond 4,000rpm. Shame the stuttering six-speed automated-manual gearbox with an appetite for clutches let the side down. A big shame considering the £1.2m price. But, being professionals, we managed to pull ourselves together and appreciate the opportunity for what it was – a once-in-a-lifetime drive in a car that “roused the 12-year-old” in us all.
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