Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster (2006): first official pictures

Published: 15 November 2006

Vantage Roadster: the lowdown

Aston Martin today reveals the convertible version of the V8 Vantage coupe. Badged Roadster, the two-seat soft-top retains the knee trembling-looks and identical, stellar performance of the fixed head Vantage. That means 0-60mph blurs past in 4.9sec, with 175mph flat out, courtesy of the 380bhp V8 engine. Due to go on sale in spring 2007, the Roadster will cost around £90,000. Click next for more details.

Vantage Roadster in detail

It’s all about the powered roof. Folding it away under that body coloured panel takes 18sec, and the system works at up to 30mph, so there’s every opportunity to pose when the sun comes out. Lowering the three layer fabric top reveals those flying buttresses, sweeping out from the cabin and trimmed in the same leather. Roof up, Aston says the Roadster mimics the coupe’s curvaceous lines, although the hatchback rear end has given way for a saloon boot. Luggage capacity is cut in half, to 144 litres. The Roadster shares the bonded aluminium VH platform, which underpins all Astons bar the Vanquish. The body is also made of advanced materials including alloys, magnesium and composites – yet the Roadster still weighs 200kg more than its arch rival, the 911 Carrera S cabriolet. It’s just 80kg heavier than the Vantage Coupe, though, which is a testament to the VH platform’s rigidity which required little additional bracing and the efficient roof design. The Aston needs an 85bhp power advantage from its fabulous, 4.3-litre V8 engine to keep pace with the lighter Porsche. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual, or the new Sportshift automated manual ‘box. Check out the January issue of CAR – out 29 November – for an exclusive shoot of the V8 Vantage Roadster.

By Phil McNamara

Group editor-in-chief of CAR magazine