RE: Aston Martin Vantage Roadster due next spring

RE: Aston Martin Vantage Roadster due next spring

Monday 7th October

Aston Martin Vantage Roadster due next spring

First pictures of development car show what's to come with Aston's 510hp rag top



Aston Martin is bidding to have its Vantage Roadster ready in time for the spring next year - and these official photos of a development car show how the 911 Convertible rival will look. Using a roofless version of the brand's aluminium-intensive structure and the same AMG-sourced twin-turbo 4.0-litre as the coupe, the roadster is on course to be Aston's sharpest drop-top yet, adding wind in your hair fun to an unfiltered 510hp V8 soundtrack.

No technical details have been released yet, but we're not expecting any major departure from the existing coupe; aside from the folding rag top, the roadster does appear to be physically unchanged from the regular machine. It will almost certainly land with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, although the seven-speed manual - presently only available with the Vantage AMR - is surely likely to become an option in 2020.


Lopping off the tin top will obviously require additional strengthening elsewhere in the structure, and a folding roof mechanism can be a fairly hefty bit of kit, so expect the Vantage Roadster to add a few kilos to the coupe's 1,530kg kerbweight. That'll have an impact on performance, no doubt, so we'd also expect a retuning of suspension settings and an additional tenth or two added to the coupe's 3.6 second 0-62mph time. Not that anyone's likely to be counting.

When it does arrive the Vantage Roadster will have to make up ground on the 992 Convertible, which arrived with its hardtop sibling this year and is already on roads. Aston's decision to stagger the launch of its Vantage models is likely related to its wider workload; finalising development on the all-important DBX and completing its new St Athan facility have been the firm's highest priorities.

No doubt the company will be hoping 2020 will bear the fruits of its labour - and that those all-important share prices will grow as a result. With an SUV already in the offing, a very pretty drop-top sports car is as good a place to start as any.


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dino_jr

Original Poster:

177 posts

122 months

Monday 7th October
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That side shot is basically an F-Type.

MarkM3Evoplus

425 posts

146 months

Monday 7th October
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Agreed, but not as pretty!! Shape doesn't translate well to a drop top

GranCab

1,578 posts

92 months

Monday 7th October
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What's with the ribbons of grey plastic stuck on the front and back ? Are they supposed to be "design" or functional ?

David87

5,313 posts

158 months

Monday 7th October
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dino_jr said:
That side shot is basically an F-Type.
Yeah, that's really weird. I don't think the coupe looks particularly like the F-Type, but this Roadster looks almost identical!

Barry Homo

2,256 posts

108 months

Monday 7th October
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Damn, the convertible really messed with the proportions. This is bizarre.

Gameface

9,892 posts

23 months

Monday 7th October
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dino_jr said:
That side shot is basically an F-Type.
It really is. An F-Type with a cheap body kit.

And the rear of it looks like it's melted.

snuffy

4,981 posts

230 months

Monday 7th October
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The old shape Vantage looks way better than this.

AdamV12AMR

1,168 posts

102 months

Monday 7th October
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Article said:
Aston's sharpest drop-top yet
Looks like I’ll be keeping my blunt one then.

Shame, I was looking forward to this.

Riverside Red

925 posts

81 months

Monday 7th October
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F-Type for me too, hope it has a bigger boot though....

RR

snuffy

4,981 posts

230 months

Monday 7th October
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Spot the difference:


CSK1

1,066 posts

70 months

Monday 7th October
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AdamV12AMR said:
Article said:
Aston's sharpest drop-top yet
Looks like I’ll be keeping my blunt one then.

Shame, I was looking forward to this.
I think I will too!
Yes the profile does look like an F-Type!
Also, I note that the roll over hoops are now fixed items like on a cheap roadster and not concealed and designed to pop up in case of an accident like the old model.
DBS Superleggera Volante looks so much nicer but way out of my budget!

stickleback123

5,111 posts

135 months

Monday 7th October
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They really did peak with the last V8 Vantage didn't they.

spikyone

359 posts

46 months

Monday 7th October
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Barry Homo said:
Damn, the convertible really messed with the proportions. This is bizarre.
Agree. It's really strange; in recent years AM have been making the most beautiful convertibles you can buy - arguably they've been outright the most beautiful cars you can buy, full stop. The DB11 Volante is just art on wheels with the roof up or down. And I like the new Vantage coupe too, in the right colour. This, though, leaves me a bit cold. The first AM in a while that wouldn't be on my lottery-win shopping list (soon to be joined on that list by the DBX of course!).

loveice

494 posts

193 months

Monday 7th October
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MarkM3Evoplus said:
Agreed, but not as pretty!! Shape doesn't translate well to a drop top
The line on top of the rear arch instead of going down from rear to front (its highest point directly on top of the rear wheel arch or even slightly behind it) like the F-Type all indeed most sports cars, it actually goes down from the front to rear (its highest point is way in front of the rear arch) which makes it look similar to the old Alfa GTV Spyder if not worse. So, despite the low sitting position, because of that line somehow you would think the sitting position is too high. Basically it has a visual language of a spotted hyena...

tosh.brice

164 posts

157 months

Monday 7th October
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Side view is quite like a larger MX-5, too 😉

Rumblestripe

1,242 posts

108 months

Monday 7th October
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snuffy said:
Spot the difference:

Silver wheels!

What do I win?

lestiq

691 posts

115 months

Monday 7th October
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not really a new thing Astons and Jag being similar now is it... DB7/XK8 DB9/XKR, the current vantage is a bit bigger than the F-Type, but again, very similar styling. I don't think its a coincidence at all, I'd almost call it strategic.

BFleming

1,405 posts

89 months

Monday 7th October
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You have to wonder why AM wouldn't choose a better platform to announce the car than the press release they used. I know they weren't at Frankfurt, so maybe they're going to bring this & the DBX to Geneva. Good luck to them, I hope they fill the order books. I really do...

gigglebug

1,324 posts

68 months

Monday 7th October
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GranCab said:
What's with the ribbons of grey plastic stuck on the front and back ? Are they supposed to be "design" or functional ?
My first thought was 'is Aston copying Audi with its design around the exhausts or is it the other way around?' Either way that single design elements doesn't look very good to me on either car.

V41LEY

2,448 posts

184 months

Monday 7th October
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Jeeves is not going to like cleaning all those recesses and diffuser bits before he parks her up.