Following on from last year’s V12 Vantage S Coupe, Aston Martin has today revealed the V12 Vantage S Roadster. The convertible will become the luxury British marque’s most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster to date.
Powered by the company’s latest 565 bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine, the car is capable of reaching 201 mph and sprinting from rest to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
Peak and low rev torque is delivered in abundance. With 457 lb ft available at 5,750 rpm the roadster is not to be found wanting in this department. Low rev torque – measured from just 1,000 rpm – starts at 376 lb ft.
The new car also gets a race-engineered Sportshift III seven-speed automated manual transmission that has been developed in conjunction with Oerlikon Graziano. The unit, which replaces the six-speed manual gearbox found in the previous V12 Vantage Roadster, is also lighter – saving 20 kg versus its forebear.
The use of three-stage adaptive damping, allied to a three-stage dynamic stability control system and two-stage ABS, allows the driver to select from three different driving modes: ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ .
Braking is delivered by carbon ceramic discs all round, while a new lightweight exhaust system is said to be derived from that of Aston Martin’s most expensive and exclusive production model, the One-77 hypercar.
Styling-wise, the designers have replaced the famous aluminium vanes in the Aston Martin grille with a carbon-fibre arrangement that also includes black or titanium silver mesh. Created to improve airflow to the V12 engine, the new grille is inspired by both the CC100 Speedster Concept and the Vantage race cars.
Other details include pronounced bonnet louvres, optional graphics (painted carbon front grille, front grille lipstick and tailgate panel), flared wheel arches and forged alloy ten-spoke wheels.
Source: Aston Martin