The new sports car will be the luxury British marque’s most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster to date, following in the tracks of the 2013 V12 Vantage S Coupé.
The naturally aspirated AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine with its expertly-tuned sports exhaust, will deliver 421kW and 620Nm of torque. With a top speed of 323km/h it launches from 0-100km/h in a mere 4.1 seconds.
Race car technology is prevalent throughout the car. It has a Sportshift™III hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission that provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery and replaces the six-speed manual gearbox found in the previous V12 Vantage Roadster. This unit also saves 20kgs, making it significantly lighter.
Optimum braking performance is delivered through the specially-created carbon ceramic discs all round, with near-identical brakes appearing on the brand’s ultimate GT, the Vanquish. It also contains a whole new lightweight exhaust system, derived from Aston Martin’s most expensive and exclusive production model, the One-77 hypercar.
The Roadster replaces the famous aluminium vanes in the Aston Martin grille with a carbon fibre arrangement that includes sporty black or titanium silver mesh. The bonnet louvres, optional bold graphics (painted carbon front grille, front grille lipstick and tailgate panel) as well as the exterior carbon pack and flared wheel arches, accentuate its sporting abilities.
The interior sees a new-style seat trim and door trims, with sport and carbon-fibre lightweight seat options. The optional Interior Carbon Pack adds carbon fibre to the car’s fascia and door pulls, and offers, for the first time in a V12 Vantage S Roadster, black pedals.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin’s Director of Design, mentions that the V12 Vantage S Roadster is the mechanical embodiment of the company’s exceptional spirit. Besides being a treat for the senses, it will provide one of the most dynamic, exciting and stirring driving experiences.