Vantage Roadster Revealed
Words: NZ Autocar
12 Feb 2020
Aston Martin’s Vantage range has expanded with the introduction of the Roadster.
The Coupe debuted in 2018 while Aston reckons the Roadster ‘amplifies the emotional appeal’ of the Vantage yet still delivers ‘everyday usability’.
It’s essentially the same under the bonnet, sharing the Coupe’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 outputting 375kW/685Nm and uses an eight-speed auto. While the Coupe is now available with a seven-speed manual, there’s no mention of this shifter being an option for the convertible.
It’s claimed the Roadster will hit 60mph (96km/h) in 3.7sec. Top speed is 305km/h with the roof in place (with the top down, it’s not so aero efficient you see). Aston says the conversion to a rag top adds 60kg thanks to additional chassis revisions but it mentions that the new Z-fold roof mechanism is lighter than it was on the old Vantage convert.
Those chassis strengtheners are said to enable the convertible to deliver the same sort of dynamics and sporting character as the Coupe. Like the hardtop, the Roadster has a torque vectoring rear diff, though Aston has tuned the rear shockers and the software for the adaptive damping, along with the ESP, to suit the weight split of the convertible. They’ve also tuned the three chassis modes; Sport, Sport + and Track specifically for the Roadster.
The fabric hood can be lowered or raised in under seven seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h. Boot space is reduced to 200L to accommodate the folded roof.
Coinciding with the Roadster’s release, Aston Martin is introducing the ‘vane’ style grille as an option available on both Coupe and Roadster. New alloy designs have also been introduced.
Local pricing is yet to be confirmed, but it commands a £12,100 premium over the Coupe in the UK. Expect it here in time for the winter chills.