The long-awaited drop-top, eagerly anticipated since the V12 Vantage coupé was introduced back in 2009, carries a £150,000 price tag
Matt Burt
11 July 2012

Aston Martin has unveiled the most potent example of its open-top Vantage range, the 510bhp, 190mph V12 Vantage Roadster.

The long-awaited drop-top, eagerly anticipated since the V12 Vantage coupé was introduced back in 2009, carries a £150,000 price tag, £15,000 more than its sibling.

Powered by the same 5935cc engine as the V12 Vantage coupé and the DBS, the Roadster generates 510bhp at 6500rpm and 420lb ft of torque at 5750rpm and is equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox.

There are a number of revisions to the chassis, which is based on Aston’s VH platform, including a modified rear damper set-up, front and rear damper valve tuning and a new rear spring design. 

At 1760kg, the fabric-roofed Roadster is 80kg heavier than its coupé cousin. According to Aston’s estimates, it will sprint from 0-62mph in 4.5sec, which means it will be 0.3sec slower than the V12 Vantage, but the 190mph top speed remains unchanged. 

As with the V12 Vantage coupé, the Roadster features a ‘Sport’ mode button that sharpens the throttle response and provides a more sporty exhaust note.

Cosmetic changes include a redesigned rear boot lid, which has a more pronounced ‘flip’ to reduce rear-lift and improve high-speed stability. The V12 Vantage Roadster also gets a lower front air intake, a new design of 19in alloy wheel and carbonfibre detailing to the front splitter, mirror caps, rear lamp infills and side strakes.

The V12’s rear diffuser is also revised compared to the coupé, and houses a large, centre-mounted oil cooler and two large tail-pipe finishers.

An optional interior trim package comprising carbonfibre fascia and gearshift surround is also available. The V12 Vantage Roadster is available to order now, with production starting in the final quarter of this year.

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11 July 2012

 It looks brilliant, and quite good value too, especially with those great engines.

11 July 2012

I want one so so so cool! V12 and 6 speed mannual! what a combo

11 July 2012

It's a good looking car, but is it worth paying that much more than an R8 V10 roadster?

 

11 July 2012

Let's face it, it's got Kia Sportage Wheels and looks like a Toyota Celica (or something)

Footballers form a queue here.

(Which does sadden me - Astons had class and huge road presence, once)

11 July 2012

...who can't stand the gearstick? I think it ruins the entire interior. I would put me off buying one (and no, I'm not in the market for one of these, but I am looking at a V8 and it really cheapens the whole experience).

11 July 2012

robbcape wrote:

...who can't stand the gearstick? I think it ruins the entire interior. I would put me off buying one (and no, I'm not in the market for one of these, but I am looking at a V8 and it really cheapens the whole experience).

No, I very much agree. Does destroy the look of the interior. It's as bad as something from previous generation Vauxhall VXRs.

Why it can't just have a simple sphere is beyond me.

11 July 2012

I thought I'd seen a roaster with a V12 Vantage bonnet near MIRA and it looked stunning, as they all do. Not difficult when they all look the same I suppose.

As for not liking the gearstick, I suppose everyone has their own taste, but its hardly offensive. I think it looks quite nice and I'm sure considerably more functional than a couple of paddles mounted to the dashboard (who on earth would put them there so that they are out of reach?).

But anyway looks like another great car - Well done Aston Martin.

 

11 July 2012

I thought the V12 powered Aston Martin's are having to get redesigns to meet pedestrian safety regulations by lowering the engine and raising the bonnet line.

I like it but I still dont like the louvers on the bonnet look chavy, I would rather have the DBS Volante or the V8 Vantage S Roadster because of them looking more classy than the V12 Vantage.

11 July 2012

Too middle-aged and too balding. But I could make an exception for this beautiful beast. Perhaps a wig and face lift as well? 

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12 July 2012

wow, when the original coupe was being developed it had a target 60k price point to compete with the base 911 (which its based on), guess thats the price of success...

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