AESTHETIC AND FUNCTIONAL
As well as the drop-top format, the new Vantage Roadster has a number of differences – both aesthetic and functional – from the coupé. Connoisseurs will be able to pick out subtle but noticeable design cues, such as the forged alloy wheels and carbon fibre detailing on the side strakes, mirror caps and rear light infills.
Driving the V12 Vantage Roadster is an exhilarating experience for any committed motorist. It combines the power of Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated 6.0 litre engine with a soft-top roof, allowing you and your passenger to bask in its sonorous roar in the open air.
SMALL AND DELICATE ADAPTIONS
Aston Martin’s 6.0 litre V12 petrol unit is widely known as one of the finest new sportscar engines of recent years. Its maximum power output and torque come in at a monstrous 517PS at 6,500rpm and 570Nm at 5,750rpm respectively. That it has been fitted into the Vantage Roadster’s comparatively small engine bay is a fine accomplishment in itself.
Small and delicate adaptions to the Vantage Roadster’s frame, such as the retuned dampers and rear spring design, minimise any effect that the lack of a roof has on performance and handling. This fine tuning means that the roadster matches its coupé sibling’s top speed of 190mph, and that it achieves 62mph from a standing start in 4.5 seconds (as opposed to the coupé’s 4.2 seconds – a miniscule 0.3 second difference).