Aston Martin has unveiled the new Vantage Roadster and now it joins the Vantage Coupe, in the portfolio, which was launched in 2018. The convertible model then adds to the appeal of the Vantage and promises to be just as potent. Aston Martin has unveiled a new convertible sports car, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster and according to the company, it features the fastest fully automatic convertible roof.
This drop-top two-seater retains all of the driver-focused goodness of the Vantage coupe. This means that upfront in its predatory proboscis lies a 503 horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 engine. This motor is sourced from Mercedes-Benz’s go-fast subsidiary AMG but is tuned to offer a specific menacing-yet-elegant exhaust note that suits the venerable British sport/luxury carmaker. Back in the rear to balance out weight is a quick-shifting eight-speed gearbox from the Teutonic masters at ZF. And at all four corners is a track-focused adaptive suspension along with huge, grippy brakes and meaty tires.
Aston Martin says, for the Vantage Roadster to sprint from standstill to 97 km/h in 3,7 seconds (two-tenths behind the coupé), before topping out at 306 km/h with the roof raised. The company claims the open-top model is some 60 kg heavier than the coupé, having gained a folding Z-top and “chassis revisions throughout”. The newcomer also features a bespoke tune for the rear dampers, adaptive damping system software and ESP calibration. Careful development of structural shear panels and chassis components ensures the Vantage Roadster shares the same Adaptive Damping, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, and Electronic Rear Differential, just like in the Coupe.
The fabric top features what Aston Martin describes as a “compact powered Z-fold mechanism that ensures rapid operation”. With a lowering time of 6,7 seconds and a rising time of 6,8 seconds (at speeds of up to 50 km/h), the firm says the Vantage Roadster’s roof has the “fastest full operating cycle of any automatic automotive convertible system”.
Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andy Palmer, said “Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favourites with our customers, so it’s very exciting to introduce the Vantage Roadster. For many, driving with the roof down is the true definition of the sports car experience as it truly brings your senses to life. Vantage has always delivered the purest of thrills, but in Roadster form, that adrenaline rush is set to go to the next level”.
In addition, Aston says the addition of the folding mechanism has had “minimal impact” on the vehicle’s luggage capacity, with boot space coming in at 200 litres. First deliveries of the Vantage Roadster are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2020.