Roughly five months ago, Aston Martin Cambridge announced its commission of an extremely limited edition vehicle that pays tribute to Caroll Shelby’s historic victory behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DBR1 at the 1959 Le Mans 24. Appropriately enough, this vehicle was dubbed the Aston Martin DBS 59 and scheduled for a production run of just 24 – one unit for each hour of the Le Mans event.
Now, the first Aston Martin DBS 59 has rolled off the production line at Aston Martin’s global manufacturing facility in Gaydon, England. The verdict? An exceptional vehicle that remains true to the essential design qualities of Shelby’s original Aston Martin DBR1 while updating them for a thoroughly modern aesthetic. The Aston Martin DBS 59 is certainly built to perform with a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 that is capable of producing 715 horsepower, rocketing the car from 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds, and achieving top speeds in excess of 210 miles per hour.