Still want that 911 Convertible? Probably not if you’re looking at these official pictures of the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster.
The Roadster makes its official debut at next month’s LA motor show, before going on sale in the UK in summer 2007 for an estimated £90K.
Aston admits that this drop-top will be extremely popular among boulevard cruisers, but says the Roadster is far more enthusiast-oriented than its other convertible, the DB9 Volante.
The soft-top DB9 was also soft dynamically compared to the DB9 coupé, but Aston says the V8 Roadster will be as good to drive as its hard-top sibling.
Using the same 4.3-litre V8, the Roadster arrives at 60mph in 4.9 seconds (identical to the coupé’s time), and goes on to a claimed top speed of 175mph.
Removing the roof has certainly increased the car’s aesthetic allure, but there are certain disadvantages — the body strengthening required, and the weight of the electronic roof mechanism, have added 80kg, increasing kerb weight to 1710kg. The Roadster also has much less boot space – just 144 litres next to the coupé's 300.