Aston Martin reveals the V12 Vantage S Roadster {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

1 Jun 2015

Aston Martin has revealed the worst kept secret in the automotive world – they are making a convertible version of the V12 Vantage S. Aston Martin denied that a convertible would be made when they launched the coupe, but it was very half-hearted and we all really knew that after the V12 Vantage Roadster they would surely make a folding roof version of the S.

Well now it’s confirmed and it’s everything we hoped for (well, bar one point). The V12 Vantage S gets the same engine from the Vanquish, meaning a 5.9 litre (though Aston call it a 6.0, even though the capacity is 5935cc) V12 producing a snarling 565 bhp and 457 lb/ft of torque. Though the addition of the folding roof has added 80 kg to the V12 Vantage S Coupe making 1745 kg, this is still 20 kg lighter than the old V12 Vantage Roadster – impressive given the heavier gearbox. This means 0 – 62 mph takes 3.9 seconds and top speed is 201 mph.

Visually the V12 Vantage S Roadster is a pretty simple affair – the bodywork is the same as the coupe, meaning lightweight wheels, carbon vents on the bonnet, carbon splitters and diffuser, along with ‘lipstick’ on the new front grille and a dark panel on the rear. The biggest change obviously being the folding roof which as with all the other Vantage Roadster variants is one of the best integrated roofs available.

As with the coupe there is a seven speed automated manual gearbox, still seen as a weak point in all Astons and nowhere near the level of rivals’ dual clutch units. We’ll have to wait for the AMG tie ups to bear fruit before a decent paddle shift box appears so we’re secretly hoping that Aston Martin give in to the (considerable amount of) pressure that V12 Vantage owners are putting on them to have a manual gearbox as an option on the V12 Vantage S models.

There are also carbon ceramic brakes as standard, three-stage Bilstein dampers, a lightweight sports exhaust system and a 3-stage dynamic stability system.

The V12 Vantage S Roadster is likely to cost just under £150,000 when it goes on sale later this month. Unlike the previous V12 Vantage Roadster, the S is a full production model, not limited.