Aston Martin has announced the launch of its new V12 Vantage Roadster, a unique, limited-edition vehicle that combines the outstanding performance of the most powerful Aston Martin Vantage with the open-air driving experiences of a convertible.
The V12 Vantage Roadster was very popular, with all its copies sold before it was launched, as it came in a limited edition that was limited to 249 copies intended for sale to customers around the world. It combines an impressive mix of features including a wide body design, a wide and low-to-the-ground suspension system, as well as being the first Vantage Roadster to be powered by a 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V12 engine. The V12 Vantage Roadster takes open-air driving experiences to a new level with its high-speed roadholding and the outstanding sound of Aston Martin’s powerful 700-hp V12 engine.
Commenting on the matter, Roberto Fedelli, Chief Technology Officer, Aston Martin, said: “We have worked hard to ensure that the V12 Vantage Roadster is as capable and dynamic as the V12 Vantage, and surpasses it in terms of open-air driving pleasure available in a fully-equipped vehicle. With retractable roof. We designed the new car specifically to meet the tastes of our passionate customers, as it surpasses all previous Vantage Roadster models in terms of power and torque, in addition to a wide body design with a suspension system that provides high precision control, and increases its downforce by up to ten times.”
The car’s engine plays an essential role in providing enjoyable driving experiences, as it is equipped with a 5.2-liter V12 engine with a four-wheel overhead camshaft to generate a large towing power of 700 horses at a rotational speed of 6500 rpm and torque of 753 Nm at a speed of 5,500 rpm. minute. The V12 Vantage Roadster delivers unforgettable driving experiences with every stroke of the throttle with a power-to-weight ratio of 372 hp-ton, delivering unparalleled handling capabilities that blend the responsiveness of the gearbox with impressive acceleration.
The V12 Vantage Roadster raises the bar for convertible sports car performance, as it can accelerate from a standing position to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, while its top speed is 200 mph. The car is equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with a mechanical limited-slip differential at the rear axle, which enhances the balanced performance and refined design of the rear-wheel drive and front-center engine. Optimized transmission tuning reduces transmission speeds and interacts more with the driver’s driving style, while adaptive software in the transmission control system monitors driving conditions and driving requirements to enhance the driver’s sense of responsiveness and control.
The V12 Vantage Roadster shares the same suspension hardware with the V12 Vantage, but is bettered by precisely the custom adaptive dampers, optimizing its dynamic advantages to the fullest. The new V12 Vantage also uses a new calibrated steering mirror to enhance steering and responsiveness, with cornering improvements that can be felt throughout the steering.
As with the V12 Vantage, the V12 Vantage Roadster was fitted with carbon ceramic brakes as standard. The brake system is based on 410 mm x 38 mm front discs with 6-piston calipers, while the rear 360 mm x 32 mm discs with 4-piston calipers. In addition to increasing the car’s stopping power and greater resistance to brake damage in high temperatures, carbon ceramic brake technology helps reduce the unsprung weight by a significant 23 kg compared to steel brakes, which contributes to improved steering response and ride quality.
The front bumper, bonnet, front fenders and side sills on the V12 Vantage Roadster are made of carbon fibre, while the rear bumper and boot lid are made from lightweight composite materials. The lightness of the car was also enhanced by providing it with a lightweight battery, in addition to installing a special two-pipe exhaust system in the middle of the car, which is lightweight and made of stainless steel with a thickness of 1 mm. The new exhaust system in the V12 Vantage Roadster weighs 7 kg less than that of the Vantage Roadster, and has been carefully tuned to ensure the car’s acoustic performance matches its powerful appearance.
The unique appearance of the V12 Vantage Roadster is matched by its performance, which embodies the highest levels of power and refinement. For example, the wide body design is necessary to accommodate the wider suspension, which is 40mm wider than the rest of the Vantage. The front bumper design, which is complemented by the full width of the front splitter, provides additional downforce and balanced aerodynamic performance, while the vehicle’s cooling capabilities are enhanced by a redesigned front radiator grille, which is 25% larger in size, as well as the installation of an air intake port. The engine resembles a horseshoe inside the hood.
Aerodynamic features also include the design of the new one-piece sills and the design of the rear bumper, which are complemented by the integrated design of the diffuser, and the efficiency of these features is improved by the dual-pipe exhaust system in the center of the car. Unlike the V12 Vantage, the V12 Vantage Roadster comes without a rear spoiler in its standard version, but the new car can be equipped with it as an option. Customers can also get a more streamlined appearance of the car, knowing that the vehicle’s aerodynamic balance is maintained through careful management of the airflow under its body.
The car’s design is accentuated by its 21-inch aluminum wheels, which are available in two colors: Satin Black or Satin Black Diamond Trend. Optionally available in Gloss Black and Gloss Black Lightweight wheels with a diamond-like design, the wheels reduce unsprung mass by 8 kg. Michelin Pilot 4S high-performance tires – 275/35 R21 front wheels and 315/30 R21 rear wheels – are available as standard on all wheels.
Building on its strong presence in the Vantage series, the V12 Vantage Roadster is fitted with Sports Plus aniline leather seats, which feature the brand’s winged crest and perforations as standard. There are also high-performance seats made of carbon fiber and manually adjustable in six different positions, as an additional option to meet the tastes of customers who seek the highest standards of dynamic design and are looking to enhance their high-performance driving experiences. These seats also contribute to reducing the car’s weight by 7.3 kg without affecting the comfort levels of the occupants.
Customers can enhance the individuality of the 12 Vantage Roadster by taking advantage of the services of Qby Aston Martin, the brand’s personalization services division, which allows them to customize everything from the graphics on the exterior to the interior trim leather textiles. The use of carbon fiber in the open-section design of the V12 Vantage Roadster provides the perfect opportunity for the Qby Aston Martin team to show off their creativity, including adding a wide range of color finishes, which change in different lighting conditions to give the handcrafted carbon fiber panels a stunning look.
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer, said: “The V12 Vantage Roadster fuses a spirited aesthetic with unrivaled performance capabilities, similar to the functionality of a racing champ or a thoroughbred racehorse. The V12 Vantage Roadster has been specifically designed to enhance the benefits of airflow inside, outside and around the car, similar to how the bodily functions of runners and racehorses work when managing the stresses of peak performance, and training to work these functions in harmony to increase levels of efficiency and strength from by regulating oxygen consumption. On the other hand, we have designed a great sports car with a convertible roof for our customers who want the highest levels of fun and excitement in their driving experiences. The bodywork gave us the opportunity to design a modern visual appearance that reflects the best levels of craftsmanship. All this resulted in a car that is a masterpiece of life and offers unparalleled handling capabilities.”
Production of the 12 Vantage Roadster is scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2022, with the first cars to be delivered to customers during the last quarter of the same year.
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