Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Aston Martin Lifts the Top on New V12 Vantage Roadster with 510hp

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Some three years after the introduction of the V12 Vantage Coupe in 2009, Aston Martin has presented a roofless version of its sports car that joins the lesser Vantage and Vantage S V8 models.
There are no surprises under the hood with the range-topping Vantage Roadster using Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12 engine that generates 510hp (517PS) at 6,500 rpm and 570 Nm (420 lb-ft) of maximum torque at 5,750 rpm.
Coupled to a six-speed manual gearbox that directs power to the rear wheels, the V12 Vantage Roadster hits 100km/h (62mph) in 4.5 seconds, which makes it 0.3 seconds slower than the coupe. It's top speed, however, is the same at 305km/h (190mph).
Like its tin-top sibling, the V12 roadster model features a “Sport” mode button that offers a sharper throttle response and a throatier sound from the engine.
Aston Martin's engineers have made some changes to the roadster model's chassis for the V12 powertrain, including a modified rear damper set-up, front and rear damper valve tuning and a new rear spring design. The V12 rides on new 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero Corsa rubber.
The car's exterior has been upgraded with a redesigned rear boot lid and lower front air intake, while you will also find plenty of carbon fiber trim on the side strakes, hood vents, front splitter, rear diffuser, mirrors and rear lamp infill.
Inside, the V12 model's distinguishing features include the use of glass switches in the lower centre stack.
The new V12 Vantage Roadster is available for order now in select markets around the world with UK pricing set at £150,000 or 10 percent more than the equivalent coupe model.




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