JUL 16th 2014

V12 Vantage S gets ragtop treatment

It was only ever going to be a matter of time before Aston Martin lopped the top off the V12 Vantage S to create its fastest-ever roadster. How fast? Apparently it will reach 62mph in 3.9 seconds, and can go on to top-out at 201mph, which ought to provide all the wind-in-your-hair experience you could ask for, and then some…

Powering this stunning creation is the latest version of Aston Martin’s much-loved 6.0 V12, which brings along 565bhp to the party as well as an epic soundtrack. What it must sound like with the top down is something we really need to report on, ideally after a spirited drive along the Costa Amalfi, although the A27 would suffice.

On the outside it looks as we’d expect a Vantage to look without the roof, save for the use of carbon fibre on the grille in place of the coupe’s aluminium brightwork. Somewhat predictably, carbon fibre appears extensively on the list of personalisation options, with the fascia, door pulls, seats, bonnet louvres, centre console, and more potentially getting the treatment.

Underneath the swathes of carbon fibre you get the latest Sportshift III seven-speed transmission, which replaces the old six-speed manual of the old V12 Vantage Roadster and promises ‘optimum performance delivery’ with ‘only milliseconds of torque interruption’. On the body control side of things, three-stage adaptive damping, three-stage DSC, and two-stage ABS will do their best to keep all four wheels on the ground, and pointing in the right direction, whilst ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’, and ‘Track’ modes will the driver the opportunity to forego some fo that control in return for some out-of-shape frolics.

It all sounds as good as it looks. We just need to get it on that coastal road to find out for ourselves.



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