The Aston Martin’s Vantage may be almost a decade old, but the British automaker has just put a spring in its step with this latest version which packs 565 hp to become the company’s quickest roadster to date. The new V12 Vantage S Roadster packs the most powerful iteration of Aston Martin ‘s 6.0-liter V12 engine to date.
Slight changes to the engine remove 44lbs and mated to Gaydon’s latest Graziano-developed Sportshift III seven-speed sequential gearbox, this race-derived and motorsport-proven technology – used routinely in Aston Martin Racing‘s race-winning Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars – provides for great driver control with only milliseconds of torque interruption and delivers precise and swift gear changes. As a result the engine is now capable of propelling the roadster to 60 in 3.9 seconds en route to a top speed of 201 miles per hour.
Peak and low rev torque is delivered in abundance. With 620 Nm available at 5,750 rpm the V12 Vantage S Roadster is not to be found wanting in this vital department. Crucially, too, low rev torque – measured from just 1,000 rpm – starts at a colossal 510 Nm. Together, these statistics demonstrate the Aston Martin engineers’ ability to create a ‘flatter’, yet ‘fatter’, torque curve which supports exceptional driveability and strong pick-up through the gears.
The new Roadster retains the same compact proportions of its predecessor while features such as the pronounced bonnet louvers, optional bold graphics (painted carbon front grille, front grille lipstick and tailgate panel) as well as the exterior carbon pack and flared wheel arches underscore its sporting abilities.
Aston Martin Director of Design, Marek Reichman, said: “The V12 Vantage S Roadster is the mechanical embodiment of our company’s exceptional spirit. The new V12 Vantage S Roadster not only looks the part, but has been engineered and built to showcase the ethos of Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul.”
“We believe that it is a truly exceptional sports car, with the capacity to set pulses racing just by its sound alone. The authentic appeal of its style, performance, quality and craftsmanship ensure its stands head and shoulders above others in its sector and delivers that most precious of experiences – fun – in abundance!”
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