Aston Martin Vantage V12 Roadster Spotted for First Time

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Roadster Spy Photo
Aston Martin Vantage V12 Roadster Spy Photo

When Aston Martin announced that the new V12 Vantage will be limited to just 1,000 examples, it became clear how rare the car would be. You can bet its Roadster sibling will be just as exclusive if not more so. Spied out in the open for the first time, the Roadster has stuck to the traditional definition of a roadster by using a canvass roof instead of a convertible hard top.

The same 6.0-litre V12 found in the coupe also makes its mark in the Roadster. It produces a heady 380kW (517PS) of power and maximum torque of 570Nm. Mated with the engine will be a 6-speed manual transmission.

The coupe propels from 0 - 62mph in 4.2 seconds while the speedo needle eventually stops at 190mph (305km/h). Given the same circumstances roadsters usually can't sprint away as quickly as their tin top counterparts because of the extra weight brought on by the former's roof mechanisms. So expect a time of around 4.4 seconds for the 0 - 62mph run.

Performance features to be inherited from the coupe should include Dynamic Stability Control, carbon-ceramic brakes and a multi-mode powertrain that has "normal" and "sport" modes.

Aston Martin chose to unveil the V12 Vantage coupe at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. The Roadster will follow through a public unveiling at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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moon-fades moon-fades
Aston Martin Vantage was special because it's the only Aston car that has a V8 engine. I believe that the British just destroyed the soul of the real Vantage. And now they plan to make a roadster one that contain a V12 engine? Also, will be non-cool!!
May 23rd, 2009 5:48pm
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blay blay
i'm sorry but i have to respectfully disagree... this soft top convertible looks pretty revolting :S i prefer my astons in coupe thank you. The back just looks all wrong. In my opinion, the only good looking convertible cars (whether the roof is up or down) are the Merc SLs and the SLKs.
May 15th, 2009 1:31pm
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bachelorplace bachelorplace
Very Impressive I had to interject:)
May 14th, 2009 8:59am
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
Are you sure this is the V12 Vantage Roadster? I am seeing new alloys and black bumbers... I am wondering is this is Aston's rival to the Sandero Stepway and Rover Streetwise. ;-)
May 13th, 2009 5:50pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Oh yeah, this drop top version is sure to be a stunner too!
May 13th, 2009 5:12pm
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Mika Mika
I love Astons too, but sorry to say that they aren't as reliable as any other of their German rivals
May 13th, 2009 9:29am
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BabyMilo BabyMilo
Aston martin convertibables always look great, but im not liking how the roofs sitting on this one WCF i have a site suggestion, im not sure were to Post so here goes Can you please make a mobile version of your site so when im on my phone i dont need to look at the full right because it isnt very userfriendly
May 13th, 2009 7:46am
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Imasa Imasa
Astons are great looking cars but are they reliable?
May 13th, 2009 7:33am
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