Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster 

 


Since 1913, British manufacturer Aston Martin has done more for "Queen and Country" than just making quality cars.

It has represented the Union Jack with superior excellence when it comes to high performance automobiles. 

Here in the U.S., the holy grail of our legacy of when it comes to performance is the classic Detroit Muscle Car. The V12 Vantage could be thought of as Aston Martin's take on that formula. 


 

 

The car was created when Aston Martin stuffed its largest, most powerful V12 motor into the engine compartment of its smallest sports car, the V8 Vantage


The V12 Vantage has a 5.9-liter V12 that cranks out 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque and helps the car sprint from zero to 62 mph in 4.2 seconds.

 The engine features a by-pass' engine air intake port that opens up at 5500 rpm, a revised induction system and re-profiled air inlet ports that further improve airflow into the combustion chamber to improve performance.

 

Aston Martin has introduced a convertible version of its V12 Vantage coupe. The roadster featuring a 510 hp engine and dressed with functional carbon fiber additions to its body to improve aerodynamics. It has a top speed of 190 mph.

 

 

It showcases exclusively to a six-speed-manual transaxle. We found the gearbox’s shifter to be very slick and nicely weighted when we drove the V12 Vantage coupe. 

We have also glad Aston eschewed something in the vein of the super-clunky, seven-speed automated manual we experienced in the V8 Vantage roadster.

 

As with the coupe, fitting the V-12 in the front of Aston’s smallest car required some tweaks to the front structure and a new, better-ventilated hood. A Sport driving mode carries over from the coupe, too, and the touch of a button brings sharper throttle response and increased torque at lower revs.

Sixteen-inch front and 14-inch rear carbon-ceramic brakes (six-piston calipers front, four-piston rears) handle stopping responsibilities. Compared to the coupe, the rear shocks are stiffened but offer a bit more travel, and the spring rates have been increased. Pirelli P Zero Corsas (255/35 front, 295/30 rear) wrap the roadster’s 19-inch forged aluminum wheels.

 

 

 

 

The plaques will display each car’s place within the very limited, 101-unit run. The V-12 roadster will start at $232,500 and is available now for pre-order in select markets.

  Sadly, our market is not one of them—none of the 101 cars will make it here, so if you are a U.S.-based Aston roadster aficionado with a fat wallet, you may want to adopt a “less is more” attitude.

 

On the other hand, a V-12 Vantage roadster would look mighty fine parked on the pea gravel at your summer house on the French Riviera, so hop on the private jet and hightail it to the local dealer—there’s one in Cannes.

 

 

 

 

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