2020 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster revealed

The Drop-Top sports car brings with it the worlds fastest electrically operated roof, a 385kW twin-turbo V8 and a price tag of $315,000 (plus on-road costs)

Aston Martin has finally taken the covers off their Vantage Roadster, which features the worlds fastest fully automatic automotive convertible roof. The tailored fabric hood features a compact powered Z-fold mechanism that is capable of opening the roof in 6.7 seconds, and closing it back up in just 6.8 seconds, at speeds up to 50km/h.

Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the Vantage Roadster: “Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favourites with our customers, so it’s very exciting to introduce the Vantage Roadster. For many, driving with the roof down is the true definition of the sports car experience as it truly brings your senses to life. Vantage has always delivered the purest of thrills, but in Roadster form that adrenaline rush is set to go to the next level”.

Matt Becker, Aston Martin Chief Engineer, adds: “Convertible sports cars are often seen as compromised when compared to their Coupe equivalents, but the Vantage Roadster remains absolutely dedicated true to its mission of delivering precise, agile and expressive handling dynamics combined with stonking straight-line performance. And of course, there’s the added dimension of driving a great-sounding sports car with the roof down”.

Power comes courtesy of the Mercedes-AMG derived 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that produces 385kW and 685Nm, mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission. The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster will do the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.7sec and is capable of 305km/h with the roof raised.

Sharing the same Adaptive Damping, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Torque Vectoring and Electronic Rear Differential as the Vantage Coupe, the Roadster benefits from specific dynamic refinements such as a bespoke tune for the rear dampers, Adaptive Damping System software and ESP calibration.

As you would expect with a folding soft-top, boot space is slightly less than that of the Coupe, however Aston Martin says that they have created a seamless rear profile with minimal impact on the Roadster’s luggage space, with a boot capacity of 200-litres, it is possible to stow a full-sized golf bag and accessories.

Aston Martin says “The introduction of the Vantage Roadster sees a range of new options introduced across the Vantage range. To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Vantage nameplate, Aston Martin is introducing the company’s iconic ‘vane’ grille as an option, available on both Coupe and Roadster as an alternative to the track-inspired ‘hunter’ grille featured on the Coupe from its launch in 2018. There is also a new range of optional alloy wheel designs in a choice of finishes. Enthusiasts will also welcome the manual 7-speed transmission being offered as an option on the Coupe, having initially only been available in the limited-edition Vantage AMR.”

Priced from $315,000 (excluding on-road costs) the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster will arrive in Q3 of 2020 in Australia.

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