Throughout Aston Martin’s history, the luxury British brand has offered V12 power with homeless driving. However, the vehicle you see here represents something new. This is a Vantage Roadster, but for the first time you can get it with the boosted V12 engine. So say hello to the (big breath) 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster.
It’s a big name, but there’s a great power to back it up. It uses the same twin-turbo 5.2-liter 12-pot of the hardtop V12 Vantage, and we’re happy to say nothing is lost in the convertible transition. It still pumps out 690 horsepower (515 kW), handled by an eight-speed automatic transmission mounted at the rear of the car. It still sprints to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and if your hair can take the wind, it will still hit a top speed of 200 mph.
What else does Aston Martin do on the V12 Vantage Roadster, other than installing a convertible top? The company won’t come up with any details other than a custom tune on the Roadster’s adaptive dampers. As the images clearly show, the drop-top also lacks the large rear wing used on the solid-roof model. However, should a Roadster buyer want it, the wing is available as an option.
The rest comes through like a stock V12 Vantage, although there’s really nothing standard about such a vehicle. Front body panels are made of carbon fiber, as are the side sills. At the rear, the deck lid and rear bumper are made of lightweight composite material. It shares the widebody stance of the hardtop, which is 1.6 inches wider than the V8-powered Vantage. The Roadster stops thanks to aggressive ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers at the front and four-piston grippers at the rear. They sit behind 21-inch wheels and wear sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires.
“We have worked extremely hard to ensure that the V12 Vantage Roadster has the same potency and dynamism that characterizes the V12 Vantage Coupé, while surpassing it in terms of raw sensory excitement that you can only achieve with the roof down” said Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer. Orberto Fedeli. “With more power and torque than any Vantage Roadster, a wide-track chassis with fine-tuned suspension calibration, and up to ten times the downforce of the series-production Vantage Roadster, this is a breathtaking machine built for our most avid customers.”
Unfortunately for the masses, there will only be 249 such customers. That’s all the Roadsters Aston Martin will build, but even if you have the money to buy one, you’re too late as they’ve all been sold already. For those selected buyers, production will begin in the third quarter of 2022 and deliveries will begin by the end of the year.
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