Aston Martin set to produce Roadster version of the V12 Vantage
Aston Martin fans, hear ye! Hear ye! Perhaps you will like what we are about to tell you. Your favorite car brand is set to release a Roadster version of their powerful and slick V12 Vantage. The arrival of the roadster is inevitable as the V12 Vantage evolves although the timing of its release is pretty surprising. Well it comes a few years after the roll out of the V12 and that all eyes are now on the Vanquish.
Wrong timing or not, we still welcom the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster. Who will not? The poweplant remains to be the 5.9-liter V12 and gives the 510 horsepower grunt and the brutal 470 lb-ft of torque. The powerful engine is linked with the six-speed manual gearbox as seen from its older hard-top sibling. The Roadster might actually be the last V12 from the Aston garage to sport a manual transmission with the Vanquish only offering automatic.
A walkaround the V12 can help you distinguish it from its V8 cousins. You cannot miss the rear-spoiler that has been kicked up, front splitter made of carbon fiber, and the louvres on the bonnet.
The suspension of the V12 Vantage Roadster has been modified to adjust to the loss stiffness. This might result to a more compromising (or uncompromising depending on how you ride) drive compared to the V12 Vantage Coupe. We still do not have the numbers from the weighing scale but with the hard-top tipping the scale at 1,680 kilos, the soft-top might weight around 1,750. The conversion to a roadster adds weight to its overall architecture.
There are also rumors (as hinted by images surfacing all over the web) that there will only be 101 units to be released. This makes predicting the tag price a bit difficult. The V8 roadster adds about 14,000 quids to the cost of the Coupe. The V12 has a sticker price of 135,000 quids. Do the math plus add the fact that the V12 Roadster might be the last manual shifting Aston. Status. That somehow adds to how it will burn a hole on your bank account.