Aston Martin reveals slinky V12 Vantage S Roadster

There’s to be yet another variation on the Aston Martin theme with the storied marque introducing its most powerful and fastest convertible ever. According to the British automaker, the 565-horsepower V12 Vantage S Roadster will accelerate to 96 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and top out at over 320 km/h, both records for Aston soft top.

Besides all that horsepower, Aston claims a boost to 457 lb.-ft. of torque (with an amazing 376 lb.-ft. available at just 1,000 rpm) from the screaming 6.0-litre V12 thanks to CNC-machined combustion chambers and hollow camshafts gleaned from the company’s Le Mans exploits. Three-stage adaptive suspension damping as well as three-stage electronic stability control means all that power gets to the tarmac and carbon-ceramic disc brakes harness all the speed it generates.

Also read: Aston Martin goes digital with DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo

In keeping with the V12 Vantage S Coupe, the Roadster does away with the traditional aluminum vanes in the Aston Martin grille, replacing them with a carbon fibre arrangement. Designed to maximize airflow to the engine, the new grille is inspired by both the company’s CC100 Speedster Concept and its Vantage racecars.

According to Aston Martin’s director of design, Marek Reichman, “The V12 Vantage S Roadster is beautiful, powerful and spirited it is as spectacular to listen to as it is to look at. The new roadster is truly a treat for the senses with, underlying all this, the capacity to deliver one of the most dynamic, exciting and stirring driving experiences in our current range.”

About David Booth