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Aston Martin reveals V-12 Vantage Roadster

Luxurious Roadster accelerates from 0-to-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds

Published: July 13, 2012, 1:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:14 PM

2013 Aston Martin Roadster - front 3/4 beauty top down

Just weeks after pulling the covers off its new Vanquish flagship, Aston Martin has lifted the lid on the V12 Vantage Roadster.

This new sports car, available as a limited edition in selected markets worldwide, is the most potent model in the open-top Vantage range, combining Aston’s naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V-12 engine with the existing Vantage Roadster body.

As in the Coupe, the V12 Vantage Roadster’s 6.0-litre engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, generates 510 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 430 lb-ft of torque at 5,750 rpm.

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The naturally-aspirated V-12 engine is said to accelerate the open-topped Vantage from 0-to-100 km/h in 4.5 seconds and propel it to a top speed of 305 km/h

Compared to the V12 Vantage Coupe, the Roadster features a redesigned rear deck lid and lower front air intake, as well as chassis revisions. These include a modified rear damper set-up, front and rear damper valve tuning and a new rear spring design.

It rides on Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres.

Externally, it features carbon fibre side strakes, front splitter, rear diffuser, mirror caps and rear lamp infills, as well as a newit forged alloy wheel design.

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At the rear, there is a more pronounced ‘flip’ to reduce rear lift and improve stability at high speeds. The V12’s diffuser houses a large, centre-mounted oil cooler and two large tail-pipe finishers.

Inside, there are subtle additions such as the use of glass switches in the lower centre stack. A package of interior trim comprising carbon fibre facia and gearshift surround is available.

Unique 'Sport' mode feature 

Unique to both the V12 Vantage and new V12 Vantage Roadster is the engine’s "Sport" mode button, which enables the driver to select between two different powertrain modes.

Normal mode is the default from start-up and provides not only a more relaxed throttle response but also a quieter, more refined exhaust note. This creates a more progressive throttle response, suited to ‘everyday’ situations such as when driving in heavy traffic.

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Sport mode, has a number of tangible effects on the powertrain including 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 particularly sporty exhaust note.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: "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."

He added: "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."

Available to order in selected markets now, the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is priced at £150,000 in the UK (approximately $237,00 Canadian).