- Aston Martin Vantage Roadster gets 503-hp (510-PS) twin-turbo V8
- Zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds
- On sale in Q2 2020, USD$161,000 base price
After teasing us on Twitter back in October 2019, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster has finally been completely uncovered. The new droptop will join the Vantage Coupe in the English brand’s lineup in the second quarter of 2020, but is now available to order. It will rival the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet, the Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster and the Audi R8 Spyder, among others.
The car’s fabric top features a Z-fold mechanism, allowing it to lower in 6.7 seconds and rise in 6.8, all while the Vantage is travelling at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph). The company even claims that it’s the fastest-operating top of any automatic convertible system. That doesn’t sound far-fetched to us.
The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster itself is pretty fast, too. It’s equipped with a twin-turbo, 4.0-litre V8 engine that develops 503 horsepower (510 PS) and 505 pound-feet of torque, matched to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-wheel drivetrain. The 0-to-60 mph (0-96 km/h) dash is said to be accomplished in 3.7 seconds—0.2 second slower than the Coupe, which weighs 60 kilograms less—while top speed is pegged at 190 mph (304 km/h) with the roof raised.
In order to preserve the latter’s driving dynamics and sporting character, the Roadster receives specific tuning for the rear dampers, the Adaptive Damping System and the stability control program. The Dynamic Torque Vectoring and the Electronic Rear Differential are also shared with the hardtop Vantage, along with the same Sport, Sport+ and Track drive modes—although these were also reprogrammed for the droptop variant.
To make room for the convertible top, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster’s trunk—the Brits call this a boot—is reduced from 350 to 200 litres. The manufacturer says it can still swallow a full-size golf bag and accessories.
To celebrate the nameplate’s 70th anniversary, the company is now offering its “Vane” grille on the options list to both Vantage variants, in addition to the standard “Hunter” grille that’s already found on the Coupe. A new bunch of available features, including alloy wheel designs and finishes, are now offered as well.
“Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favourites with our customers, so it’s very exciting to introduce the Vantage Roadster,” said CEO Dr. Andy Palmer. “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.”
The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster will start at USD$161,000 in the United States, which amounts to roughly CAD$125,000 for the Canadian market.