manual or sequential
@ 7,000 rpm
/ 3769 lbs
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is a development of the 2005
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe, however
because the Roadster was developed alongside the hardtop version,
the car loses nothing in performance and dynamic ability.
Underneath the V8 Vantage Roadster's bodywork lies the same
380 horsepower alloy V8. Transmission options for the Roadster
include a conventional, yet slick, 6 speed manual, or Aston
Martin's new paddle-operated Sportshift automated manual transmission.
Below is Aston Martin's press release for the V8 Vantage Roadster.
Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich
Bez said: "The V8 Vantage Roadster is a pure sports car, a car
that heightens the senses and provides a dynamically thrilling
driving experience. "The Vantage Roadster adds to the unbeatable
thrill of open air motoring and by combining engineering excellence,
technological innovation and physical perfection, will ensure
every journey is one to remember."
Perfectly proportioned, with a low purposeful stance, the Vantage
Roadster is uncompromisingly modern yet also incorporates classic
Aston Martin design cues. The elegant lines are fused with traditional
craftsmanship and striking 21st century style, with an interior
hand-trimmed and finished in the finest quality genuine materials.
The Vantage Roadster will be built at Aston Martin's global
headquarters at Gaydon, near Warwickshire in the UK, joining
the current Aston Martin line-up. This now comprises the flagship
Vanquish S, the elegant DB9 and the agile V8 Vantage Coupe.
The design of the Vantage Roadster is elegant and uncompromising,
a single fluid form with characteristic attention to detail,
both inside and out, representing the open sports car in its
purest form. The Vantage Roadster represents the latest evolution
of Aston Martin's synthesis of craft and technology. From the
beautifully hand stitched leather seats to the hand-finished
bodies, to the ultra-modern Aston Martin V8 engine, hand-assembled
at a dedicated, high-technology facility in Cologne, Germany,
the Vantage Roadster is an exclusive, advanced and uniquely
desirable sports car.
The three-layer fabric hood gives a taut, aggressive appearance
when closed and when folded, the flow from front to rear is
smooth and elegant, enhanced by the leather speed humps that
create a unique transition between interior and exterior. Even
in convertible form the Roadster retains the critically acclaimed
design of the V8 Vantage Coupe. The hood is stowed neatly beneath
the rear tonneau cover and is either opened or closed at the
press of a button located on the centre console, in just 18
seconds, and at speeds of up to 30mph (50km/h) with no manual
intervention required. Offered with an imaginative combination
of different leathers, contemporary fabrics and aluminium, Vantage
Roadster customers will have an extensive choice of body and
trim colours from which to choose.
The V8 Vantage Roadster's performance was developed from the
outset alongside the V8 Vantage Coupe which was launched in
2005, the Roadster shares the unique-to-Aston Martin bonded
aluminium VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture – the backbone
to all modern Aston Martins. Adding to this structure, sophisticated
materials such as lightweight alloys, magnesium and advanced
composites are used for the body, further contributing to the
car's low weight and high rigidity. Driver and passenger sit
low, close to the car's centre of gravity, where they can feel
the car reacting to the input of the driver – a special sensation,
usually only experienced in racing cars – providing a direct
and sporting connection between car and driver.
Despite the additional mechanism associated with the Vantage
Roadster's convertible roof and the additional body stiffness,
Aston Martin's engineering team have ensured only a minimal
weight increase to preserve the agile and sporting characteristics
of the V8 Vantage Coupe. At just 4.38 metres (172.5 in) long,
Vantage Roadster remains not only the smallest model in the
Aston Martin range but also one of the leanest cars in its class.
The Vantage Roadster delivers exceptional performance with careful
development and engineering ensuring that the Roadster equals
the achievements of its Coupe sibling, with 0-100km/h (62mph)
achieved in 5.0 seconds (0-60mph in 4.9 seconds) and a potential
maximum speed of 280km/h (175mph).
Vantage Roadster will be available with two transmission alternatives
from launch. Offered as standard is the fast-shifting, six-speed
Graziano conventional stick-shift manual gearbox, with ratios
perfectly matched to the performance of the V8 engine. This
is joined by Aston Martin's new Sportshift automated manual
transmission – an ultra-quick system that provides the driver
with heightened precision via fingertip control of gear changes
using paddles to progress smoothly and swiftly through the ratios.
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Aston Martin DBS
Aston Martin DB9
Aston Martin DB9 Volante
Aston Martin DBRS9
Aston Martin Vanquish S V12
Aston Martin Vanquish V12
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Aston Martin Racing Rally GT
Aston Martin DB7
Aston Martin DB7 Vantage
Aston Martin DB7 GT
Aston Martin Vantage S/C