New Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster
Another week, another Aston Martin variant. Hot on the heels of the new Vanquish comes the new manual transmission V12 Vantage Roadster, complete with 510 bhp
The V12 Vantage Roadster's 6.0-litre engine generates 517 PS at 6,500 rpm and 570 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. The 0-62 mph sprint is dispatched in just 4.5 seconds while this most potent Aston Martin Roadster is capable of 190 mph.
The V12 Vantage Roadster features a redesigned rear boot lid and lower front air while there are also a number of chassis revisions. These include a modified dampers and a new rear spring design. Styling changes include carbon fibre side strakes; a carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser and new forged alloy wheels. Carbon fibre trim is also an option for the interior.
The engine features a "Sport" button, which enables the driver to select between two different powertrain modes. Normal mode is the default from start-up and provides a more relaxed throttle response and a quieter exhaust note. Sport mode provides a sharper throttle response, with the engine delivering more torque during the early stages of throttle pedal travel. Exhaust system bypass valves are also kept open for longer to create a more sporty exhaust note.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The V12 Vantage models are, first and foremost, driver's cars – inviting and fully rewarding the driver's full involvement. The addition to our range of this exceptional new Roadster allows the driver and passenger to experience full 'sensory overload' thanks to its outstanding performance."
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster costs a nice round £150,000, which is so much more grown up than the usual car industry practice of putting 995 at the end of every price. We're not fooled, you know.