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(from Aston Martin
Press Release) ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE ROADSTER ROARS IN
Aston Martin is lifting the lid on an extreme new sports car with
the global debut of the V12 Vantage Roadster.
The new sports car, available as a limited edition in selected
markets worldwide, immediately becomes the most potent example of
the open-top Vantage range and mixes the breath-taking power of
Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine with the
established thrills of Vantage Roadster driving for what is an
unforgettable sports car experience.
The V12 Vantage Roadster’s 6.0-litre engine, mated as in the Coupe
to a six-speed manual gearbox, generates 517 PS at 6,500 rpm and a
muscular 570 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. It has been intelligently
packaged into the Vantage Roadster’s compact form to fully exploit
the sports-orientated model’s ample natural agility.
The naturally-aspirated V12 provides high levels of power and torque
yet it delivers a flexible, refined driving experience illuminated
with the potential for truly electrifying performance. The 0-62 mph
sprint is dispatched in just 4.5 seconds* while this most potent
Aston Martin Roadster is capable of 190 mph*.
While the Roadster naturally shares much of the technical and
specification features of the V12 Vantage Coupe, some elements are
redesigned to take account of the Roadster’s neat packaging and
The V12 Vantage Roadster features a redesigned rear boot lid and
lower front air intake to maintain a level of dynamic performance
that’s fully in keeping with the V12 Coupe, while there are also a
number of unique chassis revisions. These include a modified rear
damper set-up, front and rear damper valve tuning and a new rear
These changes, in conjunction with Aston Martin’s use of Pirelli P
Zero Corsa tyres, ensure the sports car delivers dramatic
straight-line performance as well as outstanding handling.
Styled to be as beautiful as it is potent, the new Roadster boasts a
number of eye-catching additions that underline its sporty
characteristics. Carbon fibre side strakes; a carbon fibre front
splitter and rear diffuser; carbon fibre mirror caps and carbon
fibre rear lamp infills – plus the new forged alloy wheel design –
should leave the sports car cognoscenti in no doubt that this is a
truly exclusive Aston Martin.
At the rear, the boot lid on the V12 Vantage Roadster incorporates a
more pronounced ‘flip’ to reduce rear lift and improve stability at
high speeds. The V12’s diffuser houses a large, centre-mounted oil
cooler and two large tail-pipe finishers.
As with the front splitter, the carbon fibre rear diffuser is
hand-made to ensure the direction and consistency of the weave and
ensure the best possible finish.
Inside, there are other distinguishing features that make the new
car stand out from its illustrious siblings in the sought-after
Aston Martin V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage line-up. Subtle additions
such as the use of glass switches in the lower centre stack elevate
yet further the luxurious ambience in the V12 Vantage Roadster
While for those seeking the ultimate in V12 Vantage Roadster
personalisation, a package of interior trim comprising carbon fibre
facia and carbon fibre gearshift surround is available.
Unique to the V12 Vantage and new V12 Vantage Roadster is the
engine’s “Sport” mode button, which enables the driver to select
between two different powertrain modes.
Normal mode is the default from start-up and provides not only a
more relaxed throttle response but also a quieter, more refined
exhaust note. This creates a more progressive throttle response,
suited to ‘everyday’ situations such as when driving in heavy
Sport mode, meanwhile, is designed for use in more dynamic driving
situations where sharper responses are required. It has a number of
tangible effects on the powertrain including a sharper throttle
response, with the engine delivering more torque during the early
stages of throttle pedal travel. Exhaust system bypass valves are
also kept open for longer to create a particularly sporty exhaust
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The V12
Vantage models are, first and foremost, driver’s cars – inviting and
fully rewarding the driver’s full involvement.
“The addition to our range of this exceptional new Roadster allows
the driver and passenger to experience full ‘sensory overload’
thanks to its outstanding performance.”
He added: “I believe no other car in this class offers the
combination of the V12 Vantage Roadster’s prestige, six-speed manual
gearbox and the unique enjoyment that driving a high performance
convertible can deliver.”
Available to order in selected markets now, the new Aston Martin V12
Vantage Roadster is priced at £150,000 RRP in the UK.