Launched less than a week after DBR22, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster it’s a little more unique than the design unveiled at Pebble Beach, but no less interesting.
After all, the V12 Vantage Roadster is no less, a convertible version of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage that will already be, says the brand, the ultimate.
In this way, instead of 4.0 V8 biturbo for AMG started using the “in-house” 5.2 V12 biturbo that we find in models like the DB11 or DBS Superleggera.
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Instead of the 510 hp and 685 Nm offered by the V8, the V12 Vantage Roadster gets 700 hp and 753 Nm of torque which is sent exclusively to the rear wheels via a specially designed eight-speed ZF gearbox. road.
Aware of the increase in torque that the rear wheels had to deal with (it went from 685 Nm to 753 Nm), Aston Martin also equipped the V12 Vantage Roadster with a small differential.
All this allows to accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour (96 km / h) in 3.5s and reach a maximum speed of 322 km / h.
It is impossible to go unnoticed
Even with its V12 turned off, it’s impossible to confuse the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster with its “sibling” lineup. For starters, it’s 40mm wider than other Vantage Roadsters.
Still on the visible front, the V12 Vantage Roadster stands out with its larger grille (up to 25%), for division front, air intake on the hood and passing through the rear diffuser.
weight loss therapy
As is usual with convertibles, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is also heavier than its hard-roofed “brother”.
Not that the coupé was too light at 1795kg, but the Roadster is heavier, clocking in at 1855kg. The Vantage Roadster with the V8 engine stands at 1628 kg.
To “save” a few pounds, Aston Martin made the hood, front bumper and mudguard in carbon fiber and the tailgate and rear bumper in composite materials.
The exhaust system made of better steel saved 7.2 kg and the carbon fiber brake system 23 kg more. Finally, for those who want a lighter V12 Vantage Roadster, the British brand also offers the option of carbon seats that allow you to remove an additional 7.3 kg.
Compared to the coupé, the V12 Vantage Roadster received a specific tuning of the steering wheel as well as variable dampers with a different layout than that found on the coupé.
Limited to 249 units, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is already on sale, but the British brand has not revealed its price.
Still, Aston Martin said that production will begin in the third quarter and the first units will be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year.