If ever you find yourself needing 510 horses to get where you have to go, consider Aston Martin’s V12 Vantage Roadster instead. The high-performance British automaker confirmed earlier this week that the limited edition convertible would debut in selected markets next year.
The two-door V12 Vantage Roadster’s body is a combination of magnesium alloy, aluminum, composite and steel. Inside, seats with 10-way electrical adjustments sit behind dual stage driver and passenger airbags, and are flanked by side airbags and extruded aluminum side-impact beams. Glass switches adorn the dashboard, which includes a satellite navigation system and a rear parking camera.
Under the hood is a front mid-mounted, naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine capable of 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds with a maximum attainable speed of 190 mph. The transmission boasts a mid-mounted six-speed manual gearbox.
Anti-lock brakes come standard, as do halogen projector automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, rack and pinion steering and a heated rear windshield. The Vantage and new V12 Vantage Roadster also offer a unique “Sport” mode button, which enables the driver to select between two different powertrain modes.
In a press release, Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said of the car, “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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