Car Diaries – by Priyanka Sippy
The adrenaline rush amongst Aston Martin’s sports car aficionados just got higher with the launch of the new Vantage Roadster. Partnering the Vantage Coupe, a 2018 launch, this convertible magnifies the connection to a model lauded for delivering a dazzling blend of compelling performance, phenomenal dynamics and daily usability.This is your weekday, party and weekend car, all rolled into one. Sexy, stylish and classy, the Vantage Roadster one mean machine.
The incomparable design, engineering and implementation of this brilliant open-top two-seater, guarantees the Vantage Roadster’s driving thrills. Powered by Aston Martin’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo 510PS/685 Nm V8 engine and matched to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, the Vantage Roadster accelerates from 0-60mph in just 3.7sec and can reach up to 190 mph with the roof raised.
While the Vantage Roadster reflects the Coupe’s fantastic tactility, speed and elevated performance, the design of the body is intrinsic to it. The firmly tailored fabric hood features a compact powered Z-fold mechanism that guarantees swift movement (lowered in 6.7 or raised in 6.8 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km h/31mph). Interestingly, the roof of the Vantage Roadster has the fastest full operating cycle of any automatic automotive convertible system.
A superbly low stack height ensures the dual benefit of enabling Aston Martin’s award-winning designers the opportunity to create a continuous rear profile with a negligible impact on the Roadster’s luggage space. A boot capacity of 200-litres enables the storage of a full-sized golf bag and accessories.
Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, says: “Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favorites with our customers, so it’s very exciting to introduce the Vantage Roadster. For many, driving with the roof down is the true definition of the sports car experience as it truly brings your senses to life. Vantage has always delivered the purest of thrills, but in Roadster form that adrenaline rush is set to go to the next level”.
Compact, powerful and eloquently charming, the Vantage Roadster irresistible.