There will be more than 101, don't worry. The original
V12 Vantage Roadster
was an odd one as product strategies go, arriving three years after its
in very small numbers. Normally if this occurs there will be significant changes to make it worthy of the limited edition status but no; is such a thing can be called so it was 'just' a V12 Vantage Roadster, a bit late and rather hard to get hold of.
Like the coupe but you get to enjoy noise too
But that has been hopefully rectified with the arrival of the
V12 Vantage S
Roadster. Not only has it been announced just a few months after the coupe but production isn't being limited in any way. Apart from being able to afford one. Phew. Best get our order sorted then.
Unsurprisingly the Roadster differs litle from the V12 S under the skin but, given the praise heaped upon the coupe, that doesn't seem a bad thing. So the 5.9-litre V12 is rated at 573hp and 457lb ft, the Sportshift 3 is the only gearbox choice, the adaptive dampers have three modes and the carbon ceramic brakes are standard. Aston's official kerbweight for the V12 S Roadster is 1,745kg.
The additional weight does dent performance slightly so the top speed drops to 201mph from 205mph and the 0-62 sprint now takes 3.8 seconds rather than 3.5. How sluggish.
It's got show to match the plentiful go
Described as 'Aston Martin's most overtly sporting convertible' (as of course it also sells the
and DB9 Volantes), the V12 S carries over the styling tweaks that distinguish the coupe, including the grille, wheels and bonnet louvres. Moreover if that's not special enough, the V12 S Roadster can be further enhanced through a new range of 'Q by Aston Martin Collection' extras. So not quite the
full house Q
customisation treatment but a selection of 'bespoke features that are entirely in keeping with the character of the car'. Bold colours, more carbon, interior accents, that sort of thing. Anyone else think this red would suit just fine?
Prices haven't been set for the V12 Vantage S Roadster as yet. For reference the V12 Roadster carried a £15K premium over the coupe at £151,080. Stramgely the S coupe is less than £2,000 more than the standard V12 (£138,000 v. £136,085) so using that logic the S Roadster would be less than £155K. Let's see when prices are announced.