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Aston Martin V12 Vantage Gains A Roadster Variant

Aston Martin's second Monterey reveal has arrived, and it's another V12 droptop. This time, it's going into production, with just 249 units planned. So what is it, exactly? It's a convertible variant of the V12 Vantage, called the V12 Vantage Roadster. It has the same monstrous 5.2 liter twin-turbo V12, but the roof has been chopped off for some extra fun.

Of course, having a V12 makes this the fastest Vantage Roadster model Aston has ever produced, making about 690 horsepower (700 PS) and 555 lb-ft (753 Nm) of torque. It rockets from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 200 miles per hour. The V12 engine is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, and a limited-slip differential is positioned in the rear for a balanced driving experience.

Aerodynamics also play an important role in the V12 Vantage Roadster's performance, with a wider track and a redesigned front bumper that includes a full-width splitter to increase downforce. A larger grille and an intake on the hood also allow for better cooling in front. Moving towards the back, there are new side sills and a reshaped rear bumper with a diffuser to further direct air flow. Inside the rear diffuser, you'll also find a new, twin-tailpipe exhaust system. The Roadster includes the coupe's massive rear wing as standard, but customers who aren't fans of it can opt out. The example shown here does not include the rear wing.

Aston also paid attention to the vehicle's weight, as the front bumper, front fenders, hood, and side sills are made of carbon fiber. The exhaust system is also made of lightweight stainless steel.

The V12 Vantage Roadster includes stylish 21-inch alloy wheels, available in satin black of diamond turned satin black. You can also shed some additional weight with the lightweight forged wheels option. No matter which wheel you choose, they'll be wrapped in Michelin Pilot 4S tires, and carbon ceramic brake discs are included as standard.

As the fanciest Vantage model, the V12 Roadster offers an interior that combines performance with a bit of luxury. The Sports Plus seats are made of semi-aniline leather, with a 'Wings' perforation pattern and quilt. Once again, a less bulky option is available for those who seek optimum performance, in the form of carbon fiber performance seats that include exposed shells and manual 6-way adjustment.

The latest addition to the V12 Vantage range will begin production as early as Q3 2022, with deliveries starting in the fourth quarter. Act fast, as only 249 Roadsters will be made globally.

What do you think of the V12 Vantage Roadster?

Images: Aston Martin


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