At Pebble Beach, Aston Martin displayed a Vantage with an open top and a V-12 engine.
The V12 Vantage roadster is advertised to have a top speed of 200 mph and 690 horsepower.
There will only be 249 available in the entire world, and all have already been purchased.
Aston Martin appears to have resolved to never say never again after listening to the advise of its most well-known fictitious brand ambassador, James Bond, the country’s top not-very-secret spy. This car, which was just presented at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California, is very much a roadster version of the V12 Vantage coupe, despite the fact that we were informed there were no intentions to construct one when the coupe was first announced.
It’s unlikely that the introduction of the ragtop will appease anyone who purchased a V12 Vantage coupe because of the exclusivity that was promised by its 333-unit production run. However, the rest of us ought to be able to accept Aston Martin’s introduction of something so attractive. The V12 has increased the design’s muscularity without taking away any of the original car’s elegance. The ordinary V8 Vantage roadster is already an extraordinarily attractive beast.
Fitting the large 12-cylinder engine has been difficult, just like with the coupe. According to insiders at Aston, the larger DBS’s greater underbody structure had to be combined with the Vantage bodyshell. The V12 Roadster’s body has been enlarged, heat vents have been added to the fenders behind the front wheel arches, and the bonnet has been modified to make room for the motor’s packaging. The carbon fiber used for the fenders, sill extensions, and hood.
The coupe and the roadster share almost all of the same mechanical components. It has the same twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 engine as the larger DB11 and DBS, which produces 690 horsepower in this case. A mechanical limited-slip differential and an eight-speed automatic transmission are used to transmit the 555 pound-feet of torque that goes along with it to the rear axle. Underneath the rear diffuser is a lightweight stainless steel twin exhaust. According to the manufacturer, the whole exhaust system weighs 16 pounds less than the exhaust from the V8 Vantage Roadster. Without a roof, we are hopeful that it will sound better than the regrettably underpowered coupe we tested earlier this year.
According to Aston, the V12 roadster will be among the world’s fastest front-engine roadsters, with a top speed of 200 mph and a 3.5 second 0-60 mph time. These numbers are a little bit higher than what the firm said for the considerably more expensive, windshield-free V12 Speedster, which shared the same engine and chassis as the Vantage.
Carbon-ceramic brakes will come standard on the V12 roadster, and it will also be available with the option of the higher wing from the coupe, despite the fact that it doesn’t seem like a natural track vehicle to us. Although the roadster appears better without the high-level spoiler in the official photos, choosing it will also enable the vehicle to generate a maximum of 475 pounds of downforce.
Delivery of the V12 roadster, whose production will be capped at just 249 units, will begin before the year’s end, making it even more exclusive than the coupe. There is no official word on pricing, but according to Aston, the entire run has already been sold, so customers shouldn’t expect to see much of a price increase from $350,000. Even in ultra-exclusive form, that’s a lot to spend for the tiniest Aston Martin, but we’ve been assured that this is the only time the V-12 engine will be coupled with the Vantage bodyshell.
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