(from Aston Martin Press Release)
Aston Martin Launches the V8 Vantage Roadster
Los Angeles - Aston Martin will unveil one of the most eagerly
anticipated convertibles of the year when the V8 Vantage Roadster is
revealed at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday 29th
Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez
said: “The V8 Vantage Roadster is a pure sports car, a car that
heightens the senses and provides a dynamically thrilling driving
“The Vantage Roadster adds to the unbeatable thrill of open air
motoring and by combining engineering excellence, technological
innovation and physical perfection, will ensure every journey is one
Perfectly proportioned, with a low purposeful stance, the Vantage
Roadster is uncompromisingly modern yet also incorporates classic
Aston Martin design cues. The elegant lines are fused with
traditional craftsmanship and striking 21st century style, with an
interior hand-trimmed and finished in the finest quality genuine
The Vantage Roadster will be built at Aston Martin’s global
headquarters at Gaydon, near Warwickshire in the UK, joining the
current Aston Martin line-up. This now comprises the flagship
Vanquish S, the elegant DB9 and the agile V8 Vantage Coupe.
The design of the Vantage Roadster is elegant and uncompromising, a
single fluid form with characteristic attention to detail, both
inside and out, representing the open sports car in its purest form.
The Vantage Roadster represents the latest evolution of Aston
Martin's synthesis of craft and technology. From the beautifully
hand stitched leather seats to the hand-finished bodies, to the
ultra-modern Aston Martin V8 engine, hand-assembled at a dedicated,
high-technology facility in Cologne, Germany, the Vantage Roadster
is an exclusive, advanced and uniquely desirable sports car.
The three-layer fabric hood gives a taut, aggressive appearance when
closed and when folded, the flow from front to rear is smooth and
elegant, enhanced by the leather speed humps that create a unique
transition between interior and exterior. Even in convertible form
the Roadster retains the critically acclaimed design of the Vantage
Coupe. The hood is stowed neatly beneath the rear tonneau cover and
is either opened or closed at the press of a button located on the
centre console, in just 18 seconds, and at speeds of up to 30mph
(50km/h) with no manual intervention required.
Offered with an imaginative combination of different leathers,
contemporary fabrics and aluminium, Vantage Roadster customers will
have an extensive choice of body and trim colours from which to
Developed from the outset alongside the V8 Vantage Coupe which was
launched in 2005, the Roadster shares the unique-to-Aston Martin
bonded aluminium VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture – the
backbone to all modern Aston Martins. Adding to this structure
sophisticated materials such as lightweight alloys, magnesium and
advanced composites are used for the body, further contributing to
the car's low weight and high rigidity.
Driver and passenger sit low, close to the car's centre of gravity,
where they can feel the car reacting to the input of the driver – a
special sensation, usually only experienced in racing cars –
providing a direct and sporting connection between car and driver.
Despite the additional mechanism associated with the Vantage
Roadster’s convertible roof and the additional body stiffness, Aston
Martin’s engineering team have ensured only a minimal weight
increase to preserve the agile and sporting characteristics of the
V8 Vantage Coupe. At just 4.38 metres (172.5 in) long, Vantage
Roadster remains not only the smallest model in the Aston Martin
range but also one of the leanest cars in its class.
The Vantage Roadster delivers exceptional performance with careful
development and engineering ensuring that the Roadster equals the
achievements of its Coupe sibling, with 0-100 km/h (62 mph) achieved
in 5.0 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds) and a potential maximum
speed of 280 km/h (175 mph).
Vantage Roadster will be available with two transmission
alternatives from launch. Offered as standard is the fast-shifting,
six-speed Graziano conventional stick-shift manual gearbox, with
ratios perfectly matched to the performance of the V8 engine. This
is joined by Aston Martin's new Sportshift automated manual
transmission – an ultra-quick system that provides the driver with
heightened precision via fingertip control of gear changes using
paddles to progress smoothly and swiftly through the ratios.
Deliveries of the V8 Vantage Roadster are expected to commence
during quarter two 2007, with prices to be confirmed at a later
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster Specification:
Two-seat, two-door body with soft cover convertible top and heated
glass rear screen. Bonded aluminium structure. Aluminium alloy,
steel, composite, and magnesium alloy body. Extruded aluminium side
impact bars and integral rollover bars. Halogen projector headlamps.
LED rear lamps.
Aston Martin all-alloy quad overhead camshaft 32 valve, 4.3 litre
V8. Variable inlet camshaft timing. Dry sump lubrication system.
Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass
valves. Front mid-mounted engine. Rear-wheel drive.
Rear mid-mounted six-speed manual with optional Sportshift automated
manual transmission. Alloy torque tube with carbon-fibre propeller
shaft. Limited slip differential. Final drive ratio 3.909:1
Rack and pinion power-assisted steering, 3.0 turns lock to lock.
Column reach and tilt adjust.
Wheels and Tyres
Standard: 18 inch alloy wheels – 10-spoke design - Front: 8.5J x 18
inch / Rear: 9.5J x 18 inch. Bridgestone Potenza tyres - Front:
235/45 ZR18. Rear: 275/40 ZR18.
Optional: 19 inch alloy wheels – seven-spoke design - Front: 8.5J x
19 inch / Rear: 9.5J x 19 inch. Bridgestone Potenza tyres - Front:
235/40 ZR19. Rear: 275/35 ZR19.
Optional: Pirelli P-Zero Corsa sports tyres – Front: 245/40 ZR19.
Rear: 285/35 ZR19
Front: Independent double aluminium wishbones incorporating
anti-dive geometry, coil over aluminium monotube dampers and
Rear: Independent double aluminium wishbones incorporating
longitudinal control arms, coil over aluminium monotube dampers and
Radial-mounted four-piston monobloc calipers. Dynamic Stability
Control (DSC). Traction Control. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD). Emergency Brake Assist (EBA).
Positive Torque Control.
Front: Ventilated and grooved steel discs - 355mm diameter
Rear: Ventilated and grooved steel discs - 330mm diameter
Full grain leather interior. Gunmetal facia. Graphite interior
fittings. Electrically adjustable seats. Automatic temperature
control. Heated rear screen. Reversing sensors. Battery Disconnect
Switch (BDS). Trip computer. Dual stage driver and passenger
airbags. Side airbags. Alarm and immobiliser. Tyre pressure
160W Aston Martin Audio System with six CD autochanger.
Sportshift automated manual transmission. Xenon (HID) headlamps
including power wash. Bright finish grille. Piano Black facia trim.
Alternative brake caliper finish (black, red, silver). Heated seats.
Cruise control. Passenger seat height adjustment*1. Memory seats (3
positions). Battery conditioner. Powerfold exterior mirrors. Auto
dimming interior rear view mirror*1. Auto dimming interior rear view
mirror with garage door opener*1. Voice activated Bluetooth
telephone preparation*1. Integrated GSM telephone*1. Satellite
navigation system with optional Traffic Messaging Channel (TMC)*1.
Tracking device*1/2. Alarm upgrade (volumetric & tilt sensors).
Smokers pack. Sports tyres. 19 inch alloy wheels – seven-spoke
design, with silver finish. 19 inch alloy wheels – seven-spoke
design, with anthracite finish. Front wheel stone guards.
Personalised sill plaques. First aid kit*1. Umbrella & holder. 700W
Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby Pro Logic II. Wind
Length:4380mm Fuel tank capacity: 80 litres
Width:1865mm (exc. Mirrors) 2025mm (inc. Mirrors)
CO2 Emissions*3: 358 g/km
Max power: 283kW (380 bhp) @ 7000 rpm.
Max torque: 410 Nm (302 lb.ft) @ 5000 rpm
Acceleration: 0-60mph – 4.9 seconds 0-100km/h – 5.0 seconds
Boot capacity: 144 litres
Max speed: 175mph (280 km/h)
*1 Not available in all markets
*2 Complies with UK Thatcham Category 5 requirements. Excludes
subscription. Standard in UK.
*3 Data not applicable to North American market