Life in the Fast Lane with the Aston Martin V12 Vantage
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is definitely a car made for the fast lane. This powerhouse of a speedster packs all the bells and whistles in its engine bay. As good as it looks under the hood, this Aston wows avid car lovers with its unique bodywork. Adding exclusivity to this 2013 introduction is the fact that this model is limited to a production run of 101 units. Rocking the road with this Vantage will surely give a blast of a ride.
Let’s take a look at what makes this Vantage better than the best inside and out:
Engine – it has the same 5.9-liter V12 that is found under the hood of the earlier Vantage coupe model. This packs power of 510-hp and a torque of 420-lb/ft. at about 5750 rpm. To accommodate the larger engine, the manufacturers added some tweaks to the front of this speedster. Bigger vents were added to the hood for proper ventilation and to keep underhood temperatures low. Firmer front springs were also necessary to support the added weight of the V12.
Speed – the Vantage Roadster has a six-speed-manual transaxle that is similar to its coupe predecessor. It revs up from 0 to 60 in a scant 4.2 seconds. Its top speed was logged at 190mph, with the V12 shouting out as its exhaust bypass valves stay open during Sport driving mode. Triggering this mode by simply pressing a button on the dashboard, the Vantage Roadster responds with sharper throttle reaction and increased torque even with revs on the low side of the dial. Its front and rear carbon-ceramic brakes are also responsive enough to control speeds.
Body – the manufacturers tore off the roof on the Vantage Roadster. This 2-seater droptop is as sleek and wonderfully styled as can be. It is fitted with Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires and is decked with carbon-fiber trimmings both on the interior and exterior. A special addition to this model is an exclusive numbered plaque mounted on the doorsills that indicates the unit’s place in the 101 production run.