Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster 2013 Review
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster 2013 recently made its debut in London, revealing its price, performance figures and availability. Aston Martin claims that the Roadster is designed to provide "full sensory overload" and if that claim doesn't make you curious about what this car is all about, then I don't know what is.
First things first, let's take a look under the hood and see what motivates Aston Martin's Roadster. As the car's name suggests, a V12 power plant with a capacity of 6.0 liters is the backbone of the car, developing 510 horsepower, 420 lb-ft of torque, a top speed of 190 mph and the ability to accelerate from 0 to 61 mph in 4.5 seconds (0.3 seconds slower than the coupe). The 6.0 liter unit is coupled with a six-speed manual transmission and just as its hardtop counterpart the Roadster benefits from a button that enables the driver to switch between two different driving modes, one of which is the "Sport mode" which sharpens throttle response.
In terms of exterior design the Roadster has been slightly redesigned, mainly at the lower front air intake and the trunk lid. Furthermore the 2013 model features some carbon fiber elements such as the side strakes, the rear diffuser, carbon fiber mirror caps and front splitter. Last but not least, the 2013 model comes with a brand new set of forged alloy wheels. However, these written words don't make it justice, because the overall looks are simply stunning. It would really take a few thousand words to describe the Roadster's amazing looks, so feel free to check the pictures instead.
As far as production goes, at first only 101 units will be built over a time period of nine months, but the first Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster 2013 units are expected to make their way in UK showrooms during Q4 this year. It's a bit too early for an exact price tag, but the expected price should be somewhere around £150,000 (roughly $233,000 US). Availability-wise, no information has been given regarding the U.S., but we hope the Roadster will make its way in these parts as well.
Key competitors include the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster, the Ferrari California and the Bentley Continental GTC. A more costly and more powerful alternative could also be the McLaren 12C Spider 2012, but all that extra power will cost roughly £45,000 more.
Aston Martin is lifting the lid on an extreme new sports car with the global debut of the V12 Vantage Roadster.
The new sports car, available as a limited edition in selected markets worldwide, immediately becomes the most potent example of the open-top Vantage range and mixes the breath-taking power of Aston Martin’s naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine with the established thrills of Vantage Roadster driving for what is an unforgettable sports car experience.
The V12 Vantage Roadster’s 6.0-litre engine, mated as in the Coupe to a six-speed manual gearbox, generates 517 PS at 6,500 rpm and a muscular 570 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. It has been intelligently packaged into the Vantage Roadster’s compact form to fully exploit the sports-orientated model’s ample natural agility.
The naturally-aspirated V12 provides high levels of power and torque yet it delivers a flexible, refined driving experience illuminated with the potential for truly electrifying performance. The 0-62 mph sprint is dispatched in just 4.5 seconds* while this most potent Aston Martin Roadster is capable of 190 mph*.
While the Roadster naturally shares much of the technical and specification features of the V12 Vantage Coupe, some elements are redesigned to take account of the Roadster’s neat packaging and engaging dynamics.
The V12 Vantage Roadster features a redesigned rear boot lid and lower front air intake to maintain a level of dynamic performance that’s fully in keeping with the V12 Coupe, while there are also a number of unique chassis revisions. These include a modified rear damper set-up, front and rear damper valve tuning and a new rear spring design.
These changes, in conjunction with Aston Martin’s use of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, ensure the sports car delivers dramatic straight-line performance as well as outstanding handling.
Styled to be as beautiful as it is potent, the new Roadster boasts a number of eye-catching additions that underline its sporty characteristics. Carbon fibre side strakes; a carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser; carbon fibre mirror caps and carbon fibre rear lamp infills – plus the new forged alloy wheel design – should leave the sports car cognoscenti in no doubt that this is a truly exclusive Aston Martin.
At the rear, the boot lid on the V12 Vantage Roadster incorporates a more pronounced ‘flip’ to reduce rear lift and improve stability at high speeds. The V12’s diffuser houses a large, centre-mounted oil cooler and two large tail-pipe finishers.
As with the front splitter, the carbon fibre rear diffuser is hand-made to ensure the direction and consistency of the weave and ensure the best possible finish.
Inside, there are other distinguishing features that make the new car stand out from its illustrious siblings in the sought-after Aston Martin V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage line-up. Subtle additions such as the use of glass switches in the lower centre stack elevate yet further the luxurious ambience in the V12 Vantage Roadster cabin.
While for those seeking the ultimate in V12 Vantage Roadster personalisation, a package of interior trim comprising carbon fibre facia and carbon fibre gearshift surround is available.
Unique to the V12 Vantage and new V12 Vantage Roadster is the engine’s “Sport” mode button, which enables the driver to select between two different powertrain modes.
Normal mode is the default from start-up and provides not only a more relaxed throttle response but also a quieter, more refined exhaust note. This creates a more progressive throttle response, suited to ‘everyday’ situations such as when driving in heavy traffic.
Sport mode, meanwhile, is designed for use in more dynamic driving situations where sharper responses are required. It has a number of tangible effects on the powertrain including a sharper throttle response, with the engine delivering more torque during the early stages of throttle pedal travel. Exhaust system bypass valves are also kept open for longer to create a particularly sporty exhaust note.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: “The V12 Vantage models are, first and foremost, driver’s cars – inviting and fully rewarding the driver’s full involvement.
“The addition to our range of this exceptional new Roadster allows the driver and passenger to experience full ‘sensory overload’ thanks to its outstanding performance.”
He added: “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.”
Available to order in selected markets now, the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is priced at £150,000 RRP in the UK.