Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
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17th July, 2014
- Brand’s most potent and exhilarating roadster
- 6.0-litre V12 engine: 421 kW and 620 Nm
- Supreme agility and intense excitement
- 0 to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds
Aston Martin is opening up a new world of exhilarating driving excitement with the announcement of the V12 Vantage S
Roadster which arrives in markets around the world later this year.
The new sports car will become the luxury British marque’s most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series
production roadster to date and follows in the broad tyre tracks of the V12 Vantage S Coupe that was launched in 2013.
Providing the most visceral yet engaging open-top experience in Aston Martin’s current range, the new V12 Vantage S
Roadster delivers characteristic sporting agility underpinned by an enviable sports ‘soundtrack’ generated by its
naturally aspirated V12 engine and expertly-tuned sports exhaust.
Equipped with the latest 421 kW Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring state-of-the-art Bosch
engine management, the car is capable of reaching over 300 km/h and sprinting from rest to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds.
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 provide a ‘flatter’,
yet ‘fatter’, torque curve which supports exceptional driveability and strong pick-up through the gears.
Aston Martin Director of Design, Marek Reichman, said: “The V12 Vantage S Roadster is the mechanical embodiment of
our company’s exceptional spirit.”
“Beautiful, powerful and spirited it is as spectacular to listen to as it is to look at. The new roadster is truly
a treat for the senses with, underlying all this, the capacity to deliver one of the most dynamic, exciting and stirring
driving experiences in our current range.”
“I’m sure the V12 Vantage S Roadster will appeal to luxury sports car enthusiasts worldwide who want to add a truly
exceptional new model to their garage.”
Race car technology
As with the coupe version, race car technology runs right through the 'DNA' of the V12 Vantage S Roadster with, for
instance, CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow camshafts just two examples of track technology feeding through to
Another clear example is the new car’s Sportshift™III 7-speed transmission. Engineered to exploit the full sporting
potential of the V12 engine, the latest generation Sportshift™III hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission
provides motor sport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery. The unit, which replaces the six-speed
manual gearbox found in the previous V12 Vantage Roadster, is also appreciably lighter – saving 20 kg versus its
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This race-derived and motor sport-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.
The Sportshift™III transaxle, developed in conjunction with transmission experts Oerlikon Graziano, joins an extensive
array of new sport and track-focused developments that ensure the V12 Vantage S Roadster is fully equipped to exploit the
huge performance potential of its 6.0-litre naturally aspirated engine.
The use of three-stage adaptive damping, allied to three-stage DSC and two-stage ABS, allows the driver to more
precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character. ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic
performance that can be tuned to better suit the driver’s requirements. The system also governs the level of power
steering assistance offered.
Working alongside the extended chassis capabilities is a ‘Sport’ mode, controlled via a button on the centre console,
that alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car
to the driver’s requirements.
Optimum braking performance is delivered via the specially-made carbon ceramic discs all round, with near-identical
brakes appearing on the brand’s ultimate GT, the Vanquish. Meanwhile a whole new lightweight exhaust system – derived
from that of Aston Martin’s most expensive and exclusive production model, the One-77 – is sonorous.
The ZF Servotronic power assisted steering offers a quick, slick, 15:1 ratio and, linked to the adaptive damping
button, provides two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the ‘Sport’ or ‘Normal’ settings generated by the
Adaptive Damping System.
Pure power, beautifully presented
As Aston Martin’s most overtly sporting convertible, with an even more dynamic character than the luxurious Vanquish
Volante ultimate GT or refined DB9 Volante, the V12 Vantage S Roadster has been styled to reflect is position as the
flagship convertible in the Vantage family.
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In keeping with the V12 Vantage S Coupe, the Roadster replaces the famous aluminium vanes in the Aston Martin grille –
with a carbon fibre arrangement that also includes sporty black or titanium silver mesh. Devised to maximise airflow to
the V12 engine, the new grille is inspired by both the remarkable CC100 Speedster Concept and the Vantage race cars.
Other distinguishing features of the V12 Vantage S Roadster include the option of lightweight forged alloy ten-spoke
The new Roadster retains the same compact proportions of its predecessor while features such as the pronounced bonnet
louvres, 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.
Inside, as out, the new car has been styled to reflect its powerful nature. New-style seat trim and door trims, with
Sport and carbon fibre lightweight seat options – present V12 Vantage S Roadster buyers with an exciting array of
The optional Interior Carbon Pack, which adds carbon fibre to the car’s facia and door pulls, plus the availability
for the first time in a V12 Vantage S Roadster of black pedals, further enhances personalisation options for those in
search of a bespoke sports car.