Always fancied a drop-top Aston Martin but not a fan of the new DB11 Volante? If you're patient enough to wait until 2020, the Gaydon-based luxury marque is set to reveal an all-new open-top vehicle in the form of the Vantage Roadster.
That's right, the DB11's smaller sibling will also be available with a retractable roof and Aston Martin has revealed the first images of the prototype. Finished in what appears to be matte black, the prototype Vantage Roadster retains the sleek curves and lines of the hardtop coupe. However, just like the DB11 Volante, the Roadster will have a fabric roof.
Aston Martin has not yet gone into details, but we're expecting it to be similar to the DB11 Volante's electrically-retractable soft-top. For now, it looks like the fabric roof is only painted in black. But perhaps once production begins, the Vantage Roadster's top will be available in various color finishes.
As for what's under the hood, we won't be surprised if it will be powered by the same 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 that is seeing use in the coupe version. Sourced from Mercedes-Benz, the twin-turbo V8 will likely produce the same amount of horsepower and torque; 510 PS and 685 Nm. However, convertibles are known for being slightly heavier than coupes.
This means the Vantage Roadster might have a slower 0 – 97 km/h time, and maybe a lower top speed as well. Currently, the hardtop can sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in just 3.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 312 km/h.
But until Aston Martin releases all of the final details of the upcoming Vantage Roadster, all we can do is wait and speculate until the automaker officially releases their latest drop-top. Perhaps we might even see it in the upcoming James Bond flick 'No Time To Die'. All we know is that Aston Martin will reveal in it Spring 2020.