Jul 12 2012
Aston Martin Unveils V12 Vantage Roadster
After we saw some leaks, Aston Martin’s new twelve-cylinder engine roadster has been finally shown public.
Aston Martin choped the top off its V12 Vantage for three years, but, finally, the Roadster version of the Aston Martin twelve-cylinder Vantage is here, and it’s a great addition to the Aston Martin’s lineup. It is powered with the same 6.0l V12 that is powering the existing coupe model (actually, it powers all the other models that Aston makes), and it can provide us with 510hp and 420lb-ft of peak torque that goes through a six-speed manual transmission to the rear wheels of vehicle. Only difference is that this time it is used in a two-seat cabriolet.
With well-made gear changes, going to 62mph should be within 4.5 seconds, and with the full opened throttle the maximum speed will reach impressive 190mph. All the specifications are mostly the same as the Vantage coupe on which the Roadster is based, but there are a lower front air intake, redesigned rear boot lid, a modified rear damper setup, rear and front damper valve tuning and also new rear spring design. If we look on the V8 Vantage Roadster, we will see that the V12 Roadster has different carbon-fiber parts everywhere, from the mirror caps and rear lamp surrounds to the handmade front splitter and rear diffuser.
Also you can get the interior package that includes a carbon-fiber fascia and gearshift surround. The Vantage’s Sport button is also here, it sharpening the response and opening up special exhaust valves for aggressive engine noise. Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin Dr. Ulrich Bez said: “The V12 Vantage models are, first and foremost, driver’s cars – inviting and fully rewarding the driver’s full involvement. 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.”
Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is available to order in selected markets now, the new V12 model is priced at £150,000 in the United Kingdom, representing a £15,000 premium over the coupe. Aston Martin claims that its new convertible is a limited edition vehicle, but if it equals the demand of the V12 Vantage then, we think, it will be a permanent attachment on the Vantage catalogue.