Scoop: Aston's V8 convertible
19 April 2006

Aston Martin's forthcoming convertible version of the V8 has broken cover, captured by our spy photographers undergoing on-the-road tests in Warwickshire.

The V8 convertible - which could be called V8 Roadster when it is launched early next year - has a soft hood, which is likely to retract electrically. Expect it to fold away in less than 20 seconds - it shares the same mechanism as the rapid unit in the DB9 Roadster.

The drop-top V8 is mechanically the same as its tin-top brother - it uses the same 380bhp 4.3-litre V8 - but it will weigh slightly more because of reinforcing and the roof mechanism.

The latest addition to the Aston range will probably cost around £90,000 - £10,000 more than the regular V8, but over £20k less than the DB9 roadster.

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