Aston Martin has introduced the new V12 Vantage Roadster with production strictly limited
to 249 customer examples globally. For the first time in a Vantage Roadster power is from
a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine. Developing 700PS at 6500 rpm and 753Nm of torque at
5,500 rpm.

Accelerating from rest to 100 km/h in just 3.5sec and with a top speed of 320 km/h the V12
Vantage Roadster occupies the very highest echelon of open-top sportscar performance.

With a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and mechanical limited-slip differential
mounted at the rear, the Vantage Roadster has the balance of a front-mid-engined rear-
wheel drive layout.

An optimised transmission calibration minimises shift speeds. Adaptive software in the
transmission’s control system monitors operating conditions and driver demands to
enhance the driver’s feeling of response and control.

While it has the same suspension hardware as the V12 Vantage it has a bespoke tune for
its adaptive dampers.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster has Carbon Ceramic Brakes as standard. Measuring
410mm x 38mm the front discs are gripped by six-piston calipers. The 360mm x 32mm
rear discs have four-piston calipers. With much increased stopping power and tremendous
resistance to brake fade at high temperatures.

In order to further reduce overall mass, the V12 Vantage Roadster’s front bumper,
clamshell bonnet, front guards and side sills are made from carbon fibre. The rear bumper
and bootlid are also made from weight-saving composite material.

Additional savings have been made with the adoption of a lightweight battery and a special
centre-mounted twin-exit exhaust system fabricated from lightweight 1mm stainless steel.
This new system weighs 7.2kg less than the Vantage Roadster’s exhaust.

The wide body design is necessary to accommodate the wide-track suspension, which is
40mm wider than Vantage.

The new front bumper with full width front splitter generates additional downforce and
aerodynamic balance, while increased cooling is achieved by the reshaped front grille,
which is 25 per cent larger.

Aerodynamic performance is improved by single-piece sills and rear bumper, which have
an integrated diffuser. The V12 Vantage Roadster doesn’t have the rear wing, but it can be
specified as an option.

The 21-inch alloy wheels are offered in two finishes, satin black or satin black diamond
turned. An optional lightweight forged wheel option is available in both satin black and
satin black diamond turned, which saves a further 8kg of unsprung mass.

Michelin Pilot 4S high performance tyres – 275/35 R21 front and 315/30 R21 at the rear
are standard fitment on all rims.

The V12 Roadster is fitted with Sports Plus Seats trimmed in full semi-aniline leather and
featuring ‘Wings’ quilt and perforation pattern as standard.

A carbon fibre performance seat with exposed twill carbon fibre shell and manual six-way
adjustment are an option.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster customers can boost the exclusivity of their car by
engaging the services of the marque’s bespoke personalisation service, Q by Aston
Martin, for everything from striking exterior graphics and liveries to woven leather.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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