Aston Martin today unveiled its most extreme roadster ever in the unique form of the one-off Vantage GT12 Roadster. A tailor made customer commission undertaken by Q by Aston Martin, the Vantage GT12 Roadster takes the original Vantage GT12 Coupe’s hardcore ethos and adds the visceral thrill of open-top driving, offering the driver an intensified sensation of exhilaration and the unfiltered fury of a 600PS V12 soundtrack.
The Vantage GT12 Roadster draws its origins from the Vantage GT12 Coupe, with a special version of the brand’s 6.0-litre normally aspirated V12 engine mated to a seven-speed Sportshift III paddle-shift transmission. The engine puts down 592 hp and 461 lb.-ft. of torque, thanks to a weight savings of 330 lbs. over the road-going Vantage V12 S, it’s blisteringly quick around a track.
The most visible differences are the significant number of new carbon-fiber body panels. However beneath the skin a unique suspension set-up defined by Aston Martin’s in-house dynamics experts, helps to ensure the Vantage GT12 Roadster shares the same handling characteristics as the Vantage GT12 Coupe.
Thanks to a folding fabric roof and a lightweight full titanium exhaust system, the GT12 Roadster’s V12 provides a marvelous soundtrack. Naturally being a product of Q by Aston Martin, the Roadster also features bespoke paint and trim.
David King, Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, says of the Vantage GT12 Roadster: “Aston Martin has a growing reputation of building ambitious commissions for customers, perhaps the best example being the spectacular CC100 Speedster Concept. We have also become world leaders in ultra-low volume projects with cars such as the One-77, Lagonda Taraf and Aston Martin Vulcan, while the Vantage GT12 and Vantage GT8 show how far we can take our series production models.
“The GT12 Roadster is the first project to combine all of those skill sets in one magnificent car. In just nine-months we took a customer’s dream and realised it, with a fully-formed, exactingly engineered and fully road-legal one-off. That is the essence of the Q by Aston Martin service”.