Earlier this year, Aston Martin unleashed one of its most powerful V12 sports cars to date, the 2022 V12 Vantage.
Powered by a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 that churns out 700 PS and 753 Nm of torque, it can go from 0 - 97 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and hit a top speed of 322 km/h. Since it only weighs 1,795kg, Aston Martin says the V12 Vantage has a power-to-weight ratio of 390 PS per ton which is a 20% increase over the V8-powered Vantage from before.
Combined with lightweight carbon fiber components and a reworked body made to be more aerodynamic, the V12 Vantage is proof that you can combine power and style into one vehicle. But what if you prefer your V12 Vantage as a convertible?
Worry not as the Gaydon-based automaker has taken the covers off the sexy 2023 V12 Vantage Roadster. Instead of having a fixed roof, the V12-powered roadster comes with a folding soft-top that allows for topless motoring.
Starting with the exterior, the V12 Vantage Roadster might look the same as the coupe version. However, it’s actually wider thanks to stretched front and rear fenders that accommodate a track that’s up to 40mm wider than regular. It also comes with a full-width front splitter, a grille that’s 25% bigger, a horseshoe-shaped vent on the hood, sculpted side sills, and a rear diffuser.
Like its hardtop brethren, the roadster also comes with the same 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 engine. It cranks out 700 PS along with a whopping 753 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission by ZF. Helping the V12 Vantage Roadster shave off weight is a carbon ceramic brake package that saves 23kg. In addition, a stainless steel exhaust comes as standard on the V12 Vantage Roadster and sheds an additional 7.2kg.
The droptop can go from 0 - 97 km/h in 3.5 seconds and hit a top speed of 322 km/h. Compared to the coupe variant, the roadster is 0.1 second slower from reaching 97 km/h, but can still reach over 320 km/h easily.
Despite the extensive use of carbon fiber and other lightweight components, the V12 Vantage Roadster is still heavier than the coupe variant. Weighing in at 1,855kg, the roadster is 60kg heavier than the hardtop variant. This is not surprising since roadsters/convertibles tend to have more bracing and structural support in their chassis. Aston Martin also said that the V12 Roadster’s steering calibration matches that of the coupe but the adaptive dampers are specifically tuned for the droptop.
As far as the interior is concerned, it’s essentially the same as the one found in the hardtop coupe. But for customers who wish for their V12 Vantage Roadster to stand out from the rest, they can ask Q by Aston Martin to customize the vehicle’s cabin, leather, trim, finishes, and even the contrast stitching.
Looking to get one for yourself? Sorry to say but all 249 units of the V12 Vantage Roadster are spoken for. And don’t expect Aston Martin to build more of it as that’s all they are going to make. So if you spot one out on the road in the future, be glad that you were able to see one in the metal.