RE: Aston Martin Vantage Roadster launched

RE: Aston Martin Vantage Roadster launched

Wednesday 12th February

Aston Martin Vantage Roadster launched

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Aston Martin has coincided the launch of its Vantage Roadster with the introduction of a manual option for the regular coupe, appeasing both fans of open-air motoring and three pedal enthusiasts in one fell swoop. The just-revealed rag top – which gets the world’s fastest folding convertible roof – extends the Vantage range to three, while the addition of a manual to the tin top lowers the starting price to Β£114,850. The manufacturer will be reckoning on the new arrivals attracting customers not yet convinced by the current generation Vantage.

An attractive convertible - launched in time for spring - can certainly do it no harm. The Vantage has proved a divisive model, styling-wise, but for our money it wears a fabric top rather well. The back-end has a unique boot lid thanks to the loss of the C-pillar and fixed window, giving the car a unique silhouette from almost all angles. The electric folding mechanism takes just seven seconds to fully retract, too, while the use of lighter-than-usual hardware has helped keep the weight gain to just 60kg. As you’d expect, most of the additional mass comes from new structural sheer panels under the car, depolyed to claw back some structural rigidity.


Aston claims a 190mph top speed and 3.8-second 0-62mph time for the convertible, which are just 5mph and two tenths off the coupe’s respective equivalents. As proven with the DB11 Volante, Aston’s engineers are more than capable of retuning roofless versions of its aluminium architecture, so we’re expecting good things when it comes to handling and refinement in the 510hp Vantage Roadster. At this stage, however, the car is to remain eight-speed automatic only, meaning it’s a case of wind in your hair or three pedals, rather than both, in the Vantage line-up.

Unsurprisingly, the manual β€˜box offered with the regular coupe is the same dog-leg seven-speed Graziano transaxle you get in the AMR, which itself came from the previous-generation V12 Vantage S. Like the auto, the manual Vantage uses a carbon fibre prop shaft housed within an alloy torque tube, but it gets a conventional mechanical limited-slip diff at the back rather than the e-LSD for packaging reasons. The manual setup has already proven effective, if not the most tactile, in the AMR. Perhaps the regular car’s lower starting price will make it all the more rewarding and authentic provider of a pure Vantage experience.


The β€˜vane’ grille fitted to the Elwood Blue car pictured here is a new option offered in place of the standard β€˜hunter’ grille, available on both coupe and convertible body styles. The original part has been controversial to say the least; you can make your own mind up about its replacement. Further increasing the customisability of the finish, Aston has introduced new wheels to the available options.

On sale now, prices for the Roadster start at Β£126,950, making it just over Β£6k more than the auto coupe and nearly Β£12k more than the manual. Significantly, it means the Aston undercuts Audi’s V10-powered R8 Spyder by Β£10k, and there’s currently no direct rival from Porsche’s 992 range on sale, so the Aston brings something new to the table in the circa-500hp drop-top segment. So long as you exclude the AMG GT S Roadster, that is, which costs just Β£2k more and shares that 4.0-litre V8 engine...









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silver surfer

Original Poster:

473 posts

158 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Lovely... I'll have both soft and hard top in the blue please.

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jsc15

817 posts

158 months

Wednesday 12th February
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That new grille looks MUCH better, and stops the ridiculous "floating numberplate" of the earlier cars. Should be available as a retrofit option ASAP

drpep

1,271 posts

118 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Yum. See you in the next Bond movie.

Looks fantastic - I expect to hear these burbling around Beverly Hills in no time at all. Good job Aston, hope these do well for your bottom line.

ocrx8

784 posts

146 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Not keen on the dash, but the exterior is glorious.

supacool1

58 posts

129 months

Wednesday 12th February
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ocrx8 said:
Not keen on the dash, but the exterior is glorious.
I was just thinking that.....

Centurion07

7,454 posts

197 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Who the juddering fk decided it would be a good idea to use a giant pretzel for a steering wheel?!

belleair302

6,207 posts

157 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Lose the pathetic screen and a somewhat more tactile wheel and it looks like a car that will sell at a fair price. Weight gain isn’t much and it looks good with a canvas hood.

Raygun

3,130 posts

70 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Centurion07 said:
Who the juddering fk decided it would be a good idea to use a giant pretzel for a steering wheel?!
Car looks very nice and classy without looking ott but the steering wheel looks Austin Allegro type.
Why re-invent the wheel?

oilit

917 posts

128 months

Wednesday 12th February
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What a difference a grille makes .... clap



Edited by oilit on Wednesday 12th February 05:32

chris116

782 posts

118 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Will be interesting to see the split between people ordering the new grille compared to the original design. New one looks much better IMO.

NFC 85 Vette

2,637 posts

186 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Much like the DBX, it shows that camouflaged press cars shouldn't be judged as being the finished article.

The new grille option might find favour among some who dislike the Vulcan inspired Hunter grille. Who knows, perhaps the demand for Vantage will increase, and the nay sayers hoping the company goes under, will just have to cling to the hope that a squared off steering wheel is a complete show stopper (despite the fact I'm pretty sure the DBX comfort wheel would be an option).

Another superb job by the styling team IMO thumbup

Cold

8,245 posts

40 months

Wednesday 12th February
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A round (and colour coded and heated in this instance) steering wheel, yesterday. Just a box tick on the configurator away.
If that's the only perceived issue then this car should fly out of the showrooms.


LooneyTunes

3,873 posts

108 months

Wednesday 12th February
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That vane grille makes such a difference. Why on earth didn't AM offer this as an option from day 1?

Snozzer

52 posts

91 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Less of a dogs dinner now, but that interior is definitely not soft top friendly. The less you can see of it the better!

aston addict

246 posts

108 months

Wednesday 12th February
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The new grille makes all the difference, spec it with less black and a beautiful exterior color and you’ve got a much better looking car. Engineers have done a good job on this.

cookie1600

1,390 posts

111 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Oh damn, I think I just soiled myself....

dinkel

25,150 posts

208 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Great. Like mine in racing outfit, so without the silly leather and polished bits.

hu8742

33 posts

75 months

Wednesday 12th February
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supacool1 said:
ocrx8 said:
Not keen on the dash, but the exterior is glorious.
I was just thinking that.....
Aston interiors are a mess. Everything looks like its crammed in and about 5 years out of date.

Great news about the manual tho ...

Twoshoe

491 posts

134 months

Wednesday 12th February
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'Elwood Blue' - really? Love it! Will there be a Jake too?

Sport220

167 posts

25 months

Wednesday 12th February
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Wow! This looks so much better than the Coupé, should have had this grille from the beginning!

Wonderful, just wonderful. Perfect colour combo too cloud9