One-77 Clocks Astonishing 220 MPH Top Speed, Vanquishes Record

In a series of test runs last week, the limited-edition-of-guess-how-many Aston Martin One-77 — the new Aston that won't embarrass you to be seen driving 'round town in — recorded the fastest speed ever for an Aston Martin: 220.007 MPH.

At that speed, the One-77, powered by a new Aston Martin 7.3-liter V12 engine, will be the fastest Aston Martin ever built, beating the current record-holder for fastest road-going Aston currently held by the Vanquish's top speed of slightly over 200 MPH.

Full press release below amid the pretty pictures:

One-77 Clocks Astonishing 220 MPH Top Speed, Vanquishes Record

Aston Martin's One-77 supercar has moved closer to setting a new all-time record for the British marque in initial high speed testing after surpassing all predictions and comfortably breaking the 200mph mark.

The One-77 is currently undergoing a stringent development process ahead of planned launch in 2010 with high speed testing taking place at a top secret proving ground in southern Europe. In a series of test runs completed last week the One-77 exceeded original expectations and recorded a 220.007mph (354.86kmh) top speed in dry but windy conditions under the guidance of the Aston Martin engineering team. Dynamic testing is now scheduled to continue into the New Year.

Powered by a new Aston Martin 7.3 litre V12 engine, the One-77 is engineered to deliver breathtaking levels of power and performance. The dramatically styled two-door, two-seat sports coupe is based on an innovative new carbon fibre monocoque body structure and adopts new active aerodynamic technology.

The One-77 is the ultimate expression of what Aston Martin stands for and will combine modern technology and design with craftsmanship and ultimate exclusivity to create the world's most desirable automotive art form.

As name suggests, production is limited up to a maximum of 77 individually numbered examples, with deliveries expected to commence in mid-2010.

One-77 Clocks Astonishing 220 MPH Top Speed, Vanquishes Record

One-77 Clocks Astonishing 220 MPH Top Speed, Vanquishes Record