Aston Martin has revealed a convertible version of its ‘entry-level’ Vantage sports car, some two-and-a-half years after the debut of the coupe.
The inventively-named Roadster is home to the world’s fastest electrically-operated convertible roof, capable of raising or dropping its top in just 6.8 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h (or a tenth quicker when stationary). For context, the latter figure is identical to the time taken for a Volkswagen Polo GTI hot hatch to sprint from zero to 100km/h – quick.
The Roadster’s lightweight ‘Z-fold’ mechanism and fabric material mean it’s a mere 60kg portlier than an equivalent coupe, ensuring it “retains the strong dynamic ability and sporting character achieved in the Coupe with no compromise to feel or refinement”, according to the company.
Bolted to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission driving the rear wheels, Aston claims a 3.7-second 0-60mph (97km/h) sprint time – 0.2 seconds slower than the coupe – towards a top speed of 190mph (306km/h).
Under the skin the cabriolet is largely identical to the fixed-roof variant, with a handful of bodystyle-specific changes made including new rear dampers, revised damper tuning and a unique ESC tune. The same torque vectoring and three drive modes (Sport, Sport+ and Track) carry over unchanged.
Boot space is rated at 200 litres, enough to comfortably house a full-size set of golf clubs.
A range of new options have also been introduced to the Vantage range, including a traditional ‘vane’ grille (seen on the light blue car), new alloy wheel options, and the option of the limited-run AMR‘s seven-speed manual gearbox on the coupe.
The 2020 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is scheduled to touch down in Australia in the third quarter of the year, following its public debut at the Geneva motor show in March. Pricing is set to kick off from $315,000 plus on-road costs.