Who other than Mr. Bond will be a bundle of joy, now that his favorite car brand has just added a brand new member, the V12 Vantage Roadster in its already prestigious convoy. The roadster shares many of the technical features and specifications from the hardtop version, though some elements had to be changed to accommodate the folding soft top.
The V12 Vantage Roadster’s 6.0-litre engine, mated as in the Coupe to a six-speed manual gearbox, generates 517 PS at 6,500 rpm and a muscular 570 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. It has been intelligently packaged into the Vantage Roadster’s compact form to fully exploit the sports-orientated model’s ample natural agility. Aston Martin claims a 0-62 mph time of 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph.
Performance modifications include a retuned suspension and a unique “Sport Mode” setting that allows for better throttle response with more torque delivered early on. Pressing the “Sport” button also engages new exhaust bypass valves to really let the V12 engine sing.
Much like the coupe, the Roadster model has a unique body with carbon fiber used for the front splitter and rear diffuser, as well as in cosmetic areas like for the mirror caps. Changes have also been made to the standard V8 Roadster’s rear end, with a larger ‘flip’ in the boot lid to improve high speed stability.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez says, “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.”
On sale later this year, the V12 Vantage Roadster is expected to carry a premium over the coupe, which retails for just over $180,000.
Now let’s have James show us now what this car is REALLY capable of with it’s newly installed perks!
Latest articles by Ujjwal Pandey (See All)
- Pravega Racing Design Review – Engineering The Future - February 19, 2013
- Return Of Stingray: C7 Corvette Introduced At Detroit Motor Show - January 17, 2013
- Physics Behind Race Car Drafting - December 28, 2012