Aston Martin announces 2013 V12 Vantage Roadster

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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In 2009, Aston Martin revealed its V12 Vantage, a supercar based on the V8 Vantage that first arrived in 2005. The V12 Vantage was a sensation due in large part to its engine, a 6.0-litre V12 that normally resided in the bigger, heavier DBS. Now, some three years later, Aston Martin has announced a convertible version with similar style and performance to the coupe.

Like the V12 Vantage, Aston's new 2013 V12 Vantage Roadster makes use of a 6.0-litre V12 engine that develops 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission and acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is claimed to take 4.5 seconds while the car's top speed is said to be 305 km/h. This compares to a 4.2-second acceleration time from zero to 100 km/h for the V12 Vantage coupe, which also has a top speed of 305 km/h.

The V12 Vantage Roadster is adorned with carbon fibre trim on its side mirror caps, rear taillight infills, front splitter and rear diffuser. At the rear, the V12 Vantage Roadster features an upswept trunk lid, which helps reduce rear lift to improve stability at high speeds.

Interior amenities include 10-way electrically adjustable sport seats, a Hard-Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system, and a standard 160-watt audio system. However, 700- and 1,000-watt audio systems are available as options.

The V12 Vantage Roadster also features Normal and Sport driving modes, each of which imparts significantly different characteristics on the vehicle. Normal mode is the default and provides a more relaxed throttle response along with a subdued exhaust note. In this way, Normal mode is best attuned to routine, leisurely commutes. Sport mode, however, is best suited to spirited, unfettered driving and therefore provides sharper throttle response, while the engine delivers more torque during the early stages of throttle pedal travel. In Sport mode, the exhaust system bypass valves are kept open longer in order to produce a sporty exhaust note.

"The addition to our range of this exceptional new Roadster allows the driver and passenger to experience full 'sensory overload' thanks to its outstanding performance," said Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ulrich Bez. "I believe no other car in this class offers the combination of the V12 Vantage Roadster's prestige, six-speed manual gearbox and the unique enjoyment that driving a high performance convertible can deliver."
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Topics: Roadster, Aston Martin, 2013, V12 Vantage Roadster, $99,999+,

Organizations: Aston Martin

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