British luxury sports car maker Aston Martin announced today that its new V12 Vantage S Roadster, which is expected to hit the markets worldwide before the end of this year, will be the brand's most powerful, "fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster to date".
PowerTwo years after the launch of the V12 Vantage S Coupé, the new V12 Vantage S Roadster comes with the 565 bhp (421 kW, 573 PS) Aston Martin AM28 naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine, capable of reaching a maximum speed of 201 mph (323 km/h) and sprinting its 0-60 mph in 3.9 seconds (0-100 km/h 4.1 seconds).
With a maximum torque of 620 Nm (457 lb-ft, 63 kg-m) at 5,750 rpm, the V12 Vantage S Roadster also develops 510 Nm (376 lb-ft, 52 kg-m) from 1,000 rpm.
7-speed Sportshift IIILike the coupe version, race car technology features include CNC machined combustion chambers, hollow camshafts, as well as the new car’s latest generation Sportshift III 7-speed transmission, with hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission to provide motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery. The Sportshift III 7-speed transmission is also 20 kg (44 lbs.) lighter than the six-speed manual gearbox of the previous V12 Vantage Roadster.
Used in Aston Martin Racing’s Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars, this transmission technology cuts torque interruption to milliseconds during gear changes.
DSCAston Martin indicates that with the ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes, the three-stage adaptive damping, allied to three-stage DSC and two-stage ABS, allows the driver to tailor the car’s dynamic character to better suit his / her requirements, while also governing the level of power steering assistance.
ZF steeringIn fact, the ZF Servotronic power assisted steering (15:1 ratio) is linked to the adaptive damping button, providing the two-mode steering assistance to match the ‘Sport’ or ‘Normal’ settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System (more).
An additional ‘Sport’ mode controlled via a button on the centre console alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, as well as exhaust note, bearing in mind that the new lightweight exhaust system is derived from the one found in Aston Martin’s most exclusive production model, the One-77.
Braking comes from carbon ceramic discs all round, with near-identical brakes appearing on the Aston Martin Vanquish.
BodyThe new roadster, which retains the compact proportions of its predecessor, features pronounced bonnet louvres, optional bold graphics (painted carbon front grille, front grille lipstick and tailgate panel) as well as the exterior carbon pack and flared wheel arches, up to the option of lightweight forged alloy ten-spoke wheels.
Styled to reflect its position as the flagship convertible in the Vantage family, the V12 Vantage S Roadster keeps with the style of the Coupe. It replaces the famous aluminium vanes in the Aston Martin grille, with a carbon fibre arrangement that also includes sporty black or titanium silver mesh. Inspired by the CC100 Speedster Concept and the Vantage race cars, the new grille is designed to maximise airflow to the V12 engine.
InteriorThe interior provides new-style seat trim and door trims, with sport and carbon fibre lightweight seat options. An optional Interior Carbon Pack adds carbon fibre to the facia and door pulls, with the availability for the first time in a V12 Vantage S Roadster of black pedals.
Q by Aston MartinFor the V12 Vantage S Roadster, the company is introducing a Q by Aston Martin Collection (the familiar character from the James Bond films) which offers bespoke optional features that include a palette of bold exterior and interior colours, body coloured carbon bonnet louvres, a red tint or satin finish to the carbon fibre elements on the exterior and interior of the car, a full carbon fibre centre console, black anodised and machined rotary controls and a steering wheel with a leather on-centre stripe in the chosen interior accent colour.
More details can be found in the technical specifications of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster, with their metric / US / UK conversions. Prices and availabilities depend on markets and can be checked at www.astonmartin.com.