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by Tim Beissmann

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster has been officially unveiled, with the limited edition model instantly becoming the most exclusive variant in the Vantage range.

With just 101 V12 Vantage Roadsters to be built – each one to customer order – Aston Martin Australia has set the starting price at $431,561 before on-road costs, making it $44,669 more than the $386,892 V12 Vantage Coupe.

Aston Martin Australia’s Marcel Fabris told CarAdvice that given the initial interest in the car, the local division expects one or two of the highly exclusive V12 Vantage Roadsters to make their way to Australia, with deliveries set to commence later this year.

The Roadster’s powertrain is identical to that of the V12 Vantage Coupe, teaming a 380kW/570Nm 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine with a six-speed manual transmission. It launches the convertible from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 305km/h.

Unique to the V12 Vantage Roadster is the engine’s ‘Sport’ mode, which when engaged sharpens the throttle response – delivering more torque during the early stages of throttle pedal travel – and holds the exhaust system bypass valves open for longer to create a sportier exhaust note.

Aston Martin has developed a number of unique chassis tunes for the V12 Vantage Roadster, including modified rear damper set-up and front and rear damper valve tuning, and a new rear spring design.

A redesigned lower front air intake and boot lid spoiler ensures the Roadster’s dynamic performance matches that of the Coupe.

Carbonfibre is applied extensively across the front splitter, mirror caps, side strakes, tail-light in-fills and rear diffuser, and can be added to the interior as an option.

New forged alloy wheels complete the exterior enhancements, while glass switches at the base of the centre stack provide a subtle tweak to the cabin.




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