What makes driving a convertible an experience for the senses? A fabulous folding roof or soft top perhaps? How about a nice-sounding V8 or V12 under the hood? Or maybe it's the fun driving experience you get when driving on a nice mountain pass with the roof down. Perhaps all of these make for an incredible aural and visual experience.
Aston Martin is no stranger when it comes to making sports cars, grand tourers, and droptops. And now, they have added an all-new addition to that line up with the 2020 Vantage Roadster.
Much like the standard Vantage, the new Roadster is sleek, sexy, and stylish. From its huge front grill, to the eye-catching headlights and taillights, as well as it distinct silhouette, the Vantage Roadster retains the dynamic looks even without a roof.
Serving as the car's centerpiece is the Z-folding roof mechanism. Lighter than previous versions, the fabric soft top can be lowered in as little as 6.7 seconds. Meanwhile, raising the roof takes a little bit longer at around 6.8 seconds. With it, Aston Martin states that the Vantage Roadster's folding roof has the fastest full operating cycle of any automatic convertible system. It can also be deployed at speeds of up to 50 km/h, allowing drivers to raise or fold it while on the move.
It's no secret that droptops are slightly heavier than their hardtop counterparts. But with the use of new lightweight materials, Aston Martin claims that the Vantage Roadster is only 60 kg heavier than the fixed roof. If you're looking to store some items in the back, Aston Martin says that despite the folding mechanism taking up space in the back, the Vantage Roadster still comes with 200 liters worth of luggage space. With it, the automaker states that you can store a full-sized golf bag in the back and still have some space to store small items.
Like the hardtop version, this one comes with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 that is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It generates a whopping 510 PS along with 685 Nm of torque. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in mjust 3.7 seconds, and reach an incredible top speed of 305 km/h (with the roof raised).
“Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favourites with our customers, so it’s very exciting to introduce the Vantage Roadster. 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,” said Dr. Andy Palmer, president and CEO of Aston Martin.
The first deliveries of the 2020 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster will begin in Q2 of 2020. With Aston Martin Philippines already offering the hardtop variant, we won't be surprised if they will start accepting pre-orders for the roadster.