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Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
Unveiled now for... spring deliveries

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: driving shot, front.

Potential maximum speed of 280km/h (175mph), on circuit.

APN,
1st December 2006.

Aston Martin has just unveiled its new V8 Vantage Roadster at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The Vantage Roadster will be built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon, near Warwickshire in the UK, joining the current Aston Martin line-up which now comprises the flagship Vanquish S, the elegant DB9 and the agile V8 Vantage Coupe. It is worth mentioning that the Aston Martin brand, which is part of the Premier Automotive Group (PAG), within the Ford Motor Co., is currently for sale.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: driving shot, side.

0-100km/h (62mph) in 5.0 seconds (0-60mph in 4.9 seconds).

The design of the Vantage Roadster is fluid, representing the open sports car in its pure form.

From the hand stitched leather seats to the hand-finished bodies, to the modern Aston Martin V8 engine, hand-assembled at a dedicated, high-technology facility in Cologne, Germany, the Vantage Roadster can easily claim the status of a particularly desirable sports car.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: driving shot, back.

Driver and passenger sit low, close to the car's centre of gravity.

The hood comes in a three-layer fabric, with a taut, aggressive appearance when closed and when folded. The smooth flow from front to rear is enhanced by the leather speed humps that create an elegant transition between interior and exterior.

The hood is stowed beneath the rear tonneau cover and is either opened or closed at the press of a button located on the centre console, in just 18 seconds, and at speeds of up to 30mph (50km/h) with no manual intervention required.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: view from the back with open top.

Vantage Roadster becomes the smallest model in the Aston Martin range.

Offered with a combination of different leathers, contemporary fabrics and aluminium, Vantage Roadster customers will have an extensive choice of body and trim colours from which to choose.

Developed alongside the V8 Vantage Coupe which was launched in 2005, the Roadster shares the bonded aluminium VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture – the backbone to all modern Aston Martins. Advanced materials such as lightweight alloys, magnesium and composites are used for the body, further contributing to the car's low weight and high rigidity.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: steering wheel, dashboard, console and seat, general view.

Offered with a combination of different leathers, fabrics and aluminium.

Driver and passenger sit low, close to the car's centre of gravity, where they can feel the car reacting to the input of the driver – a sensation usually experienced in racing cars – providing a direct and sporting connection between car and driver.

Despite the additional mechanism associated with the Vantage Roadster’s convertible roof and the additional body stiffness, Aston Martin’s engineering team have ensured only a minimal weight increase to preserve the agile and sporting characteristics of the V8 Vantage Coupe. At just 4.38 metres (172.5 in) long, Vantage Roadster becomes the smallest model in the Aston Martin range and... one of the leanest cars in its class.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: roof opening mechanism, 1.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: roof opening mechanism, 2.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: roof opening mechanism, 3.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: roof opening mechanism, 6.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: roof opening mechanism, 5.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster: roof opening mechanism, 4.

The hood is stowed beneath the rear tonneau cover and is either opened or closed at the press of a button located on the centre console, in just 18 seconds, and at speeds of up to 30mph (50km/h) with no manual intervention required.

The Vantage Roadster delivers achieves a 0-100km/h (62mph) in 5.0 seconds (0-60mph in 4.9 seconds), with a potential maximum speed of 280km/h (175mph).

It will be available with two transmission alternatives from launch. Offered as standard is the fast-shifting, six-speed Graziano conventional stick-shift manual gearbox, with ratios matched to the performance of the V8 engine.

This is joined by Aston Martin's new Sportshift automated manual transmission – an ultra-quick system that provides the driver with heightened precision via fingertip control of gear changes using paddles to progress smoothly and swiftly through the ratios.

Deliveries of the V8 Vantage Roadster are expected to commence during quarter two 2007, with prices to be confirmed at a later date.

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