The new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is now available to order priced from £150,000.
Powered by Aston Martin’s V12 6.0-litre engine via a six-speed manual gearbox it outputs 517 PS at 6,500 rpm and produces 570 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. This is will propel the V12 Vantage Roadster from 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds and then on to a top speed of 190 mph.
Based on the V12 Vantage Coupe the Roadster features a number of unique chassis revisions. These include a modified rear damper set-up, front and rear damper valve tuning and a new rear spring design. The boot lid features a more pronounced ‘flip’ to reduce rear lift and improve stability at high speeds. The V12’s diffuser houses a large, centre-mounted oil cooler and two large tail-pipe finishers.
On the inside to distinguish the V12 Vantage Roadster from its siblings there are a number of subtle design touches including the use of glass switches in the lower centre stack.
Unique to the V12 Vantage range, both Coupe and Roadster is the “Sport” mode button, which enables the driver to select between two different powertrain modes.
Normal mode is the default from start-up and provides not only a more relaxed throttle response but also a quieter, more refined exhaust note. This creates a more progressive throttle response, suited to ‘everyday’ situations such as when driving in heavy traffic.
Sport mode, meanwhile, is designed for use in more dynamic driving situations where sharper responses are required. It has a number of tangible effects on the powertrain including a sharper throttle response, with the engine delivering more torque during the early stages of throttle pedal travel. Exhaust system bypass valves are also kept open for longer to create enhance the exhaust note.
As you would expect the order book is already filling – you may place your order via your local Aston Martin dealer now.Published 11 July 2012