The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is one of the most anticipated sports cars this year. When launched, the V12 Vantage S Roadster will become Aston’s most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster to date. Underscoring the anticipation for this open-top sports car are its naturally aspirated V12 engine and sports exhaust, as well as its boasted sporting agility.
True to the fact, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is powered by a 565 bhp (573 PS) AM28 6.0-liter V12 engine, which features state-of-the-art Bosch engine management. This workhorse allows the sports car to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 201 mph. Peak torque is set at 620 Nm at 5,750 rpm and low rev torque of 510Nm is available from 1,000 rpm.
The V12 Vantage S Roadster is laden with Aston Martin’s vaunted race car technology, just like the CNC-machined combustion chambers as well as hollow camshafts. Another product of this technology is the Sportshift III 7-speed transmission, which was specifically engineered to fully use the sporting potential of the V12 engine.
The Sportshift III -- developed in conjunction with transmission experts Oerlikon Graziano -- features hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission that boasts of motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery.
The Sportshift III, which had been used in the carmaker’s Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars, allows superb driver control with just milliseconds of torque interruption while delivering precise and swift gear changes.
Other technological advancements for the V12 Vantage S Roadster include three-stage adaptive damping, allied to three-stage DSC and two-stage ABS. Drivers could choose from three modes -- 'Normal', 'Sport' and 'Track' – that allow them to tune the car’s dynamic performance to their liking.
It also allows drivers to choose the level of power steering assistance they may need. To deliver optimum braking performance, the sports car features especially made carbon ceramic discs all round, with near-identical brakes appearing on the Vanquish.
The V12 Vantage S Roadster also features a new lightweight exhaust system that sits on the Aston Martin One-77 hypercar. The sports roadster also features a ZF Servotronic power-assisted steering linked to the adaptive damping button. Pricing starts at ₤150,000 or around $230,000.