Aston Martin has announced exciting details on its newly released Vantage Roadster. Mirroring the iconic Vantage coupé in design, tactility, pace and handling, yet bringing its own unique driving passion, it’s in a class of its own.
Aston Martin has been keen to ensure the new Vantage Roadster offers the same “emotional appeal” of the hard-top two-seater. So while the uncompromising silhouette is strikingly familiar, it features the addition of an exquisitely tailored fabric retractable roof for an enhanced experience.
Matt Becker, Aston Martin Chief Engineer, commented:
“Convertible sports cars are often seen as compromised when compared to their Coupe equivalents, but the Vantage Roadster remains absolutely dedicated, true to its mission of delivering precise, agile and expressive handling dynamics combined with stonking straight-line performance. And of course, there’s the added dimension of driving a great-sounding sports car with the roof down”.
Receiving what Aston Martin claims is the fastest fully automatic soft-top hood, the new Vantage Roadster will allow you to go from top-down to up in under seven seconds at speeds of up to 31mph, perfect for the unpredictable British weather.
As to be expected from a convertible, the Roadster forgoes some of its boot capacity to house the retractable roof. However, despite losing 150-litres, there remains a useable 200-litres, more than enough for a golf bag and accessories.
The use of a new Z-fold roof mechanism and strong but lightweight structural bracing means the retractable roof adds a modest 60kg to the overall weight of the Roadster compared to the hard-top Vantage.
While keen to retain the coupé’s ‘strong dynamic ability and sporting character’ the Vantage Roadster will utilise the same 4.0-litre 503bhp V8 engine as the coupé. Alongside the familiar roar comes plenty of potent power, with 0-60mph achievable in 3.7 seconds, just 0.2 seconds shy of its hardtop counterpart, up to a top speed of 190mph.
The Vantage Roadster will use the same electronic and mechanical systems as the regular Vantage. However, bespoke tuning to the rear suspension, altered software for the adaptive dampers and recalibrated ESP system will ensure the Roadster has a unique feel.
As standard, the Vantage Roadster will come mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. But alongside a raft of new options comes a notable addition - a seven-speed manual gearbox originally launched on the limited-run Vantage AMR.
Other new additions released to mark the 70th anniversary of the Vantage nameplate include a more traditional ‘vane’ grille, which is softer and more sculpted than the existing ‘hunter’ grille. On top of that, are striking new colours and distinctive alloy wheel options.
Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the Vantage Roadster:
“Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favourites with our customers, so it’s very exciting to introduce the Vantage Roadster. For many, driving with the roof down is the true definition of the sports car experience as it truly brings your senses to life. Vantage has always delivered the purest of thrills, but in Roadster form, that adrenaline rush is set to go to the next level”.
The new Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is available to order now, with deliveries expected to begin in the second quarter of this year - just in time for you to enjoy open-top motoring through summer.