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Cars Aston Martin shaves the roof off its Vantage to create the 190mph Roadster - but heaps another £12,000 on to the asking price

03:55  12 february  2020
03:55  12 february  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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a small blue car: Roof down, price up: This is the new £127,000 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, which costs £12,000 more than the coupe version © Provided by This Is Money Roof down, price up: This is the new £127,000 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, which costs £12,000 more than the coupe version If driving with the top down at speeds of up to 190mph is the exciting wind-in-the hair sensation you are seeking, Aston Martin's new £127,000 Vantage Roadster may be for you.

Though driving at that speed is legal only on a German Autobahn or a track – and would lose you your licence, though not your hair, on any UK road - the roof will nevertheless open and close anywhere in under seven seconds and at speeds of up to 30mph.

a small blue car: Aston Martin says: 'The roof of the Vantage Roadster has the fastest full operating cycle of any automatic automotive convertible system' © Provided by This Is Money Aston Martin says: 'The roof of the Vantage Roadster has the fastest full operating cycle of any automatic automotive convertible system' The new Vantage Roadster is launched today as a convertible which Aston Martin says combines 'uncompromising performance with pure emotion', with first deliveries from autumn this year. However, it will come at a serious premium over the coupe model...  

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Powered by a 4.0-litre 510 horsepower V8 engine twin-turbo linked to a slick eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and riding on 20-inch wheels, it will accelerate from rest to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds and up to a top speed of 190mph with the roof raised. 

That's just 0.2 seconds slower than the Coupe with a top speed of 195mph.

a close up of a car: The roof can be opened or closed in under seven seconds and at speeds of up to 30mph © Provided by This Is Money The roof can be opened or closed in under seven seconds and at speeds of up to 30mph The firm's engineering boss said it would give owners precise, agile and expressive handling, 'stonking straight-line performance' , plus the added bonus of 'driving a great-sounding sports car with the roof down'.

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a car parked in a parking lot: Would you pay the premium for the Vantage Roadster over the fixed-roof variant? © Provided by This Is Money Would you pay the premium for the Vantage Roadster over the fixed-roof variant? Despite the extra engineering required to keep an convertible stiff and safe on the road, the new Vantage Roadster weighs 1628kg, just 60kg more than the Coupe, thanks in part to the lighter folding roof mechanism and revisions throughout to the chassis and exterior.

However, a manual seven-speed gearbox now offered as an option on the Coupe, won't be available with the Roadster.

a car parked on the side of a road © Provided by This Is Money With a starting price from £126,960, the Vantage Roadster joins its Coupe sibling, which was launched in 2018 and costs from £114,850 – but with a premium of more than £12,000. 

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Though expect to pay much more if adding bespoke sport and luxury extras such as sports-plus seats and carbon-fibre interiors.

The taut and tailored black fabric roof has a compact powered Z-fold mechanism which means it can be lowered in 6.7 seconds or raised in 6.8 seconds. 

a blue car: Despite the extra engineering required to keep an convertible stiff and safe on the road, the new Vantage Roadster weighs 1628kg, just 60kg more than the Coupe © Provided by This Is Money Despite the extra engineering required to keep an convertible stiff and safe on the road, the new Vantage Roadster weighs 1628kg, just 60kg more than the Coupe Aston Martin says: 'The roof of the Vantage Roadster has the fastest full operating cycle of any automatic automotive convertible system.'

The low 'stack-height' of the roof means the Roadster can maintain its low and 'seamless' profile and aerodynamic integrity, says Aston Martin. It also has minimal impact on the Roadster's luggage space which has a boot capacity of 200 litres – or enough to stow a full-sized golf bag plus accessories.

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a close up of a car: Powered by a 4.0-litre 510 horsepower V8 engine twin-turbo linked to a slick eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox , it will accelerate from rest to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds © Provided by This Is Money Powered by a 4.0-litre 510 horsepower V8 engine twin-turbo linked to a slick eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox , it will accelerate from rest to 60mph in just 3.7 seconds Price: from £126,950 

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Convertible premium: £12,100 premium over the Coupe)

On sale: now

First delivers: Autumn 2020

Built: Gaydon, Warwickshire

Length: 4465mm

Width (including mirrors): 2152mm 

Height: 1273mm

Wheelbase: 2704mm

Weight: 1628kg (60kg more than Coupe)

Top speed: 190mph (compared to 195mph for coupe)

Acceleration: 0-60mph: 3.7 seconds (compared to 3.5 seconds for coupe)

0-62mph: 3.8 seconds.

Engine: 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8

Power: 510 horsepower (PS) / 503bhp Gears: 8-speed automatic ZF

Wheels: 20-inch 10 spoke. Pirelli P Zero tyres.

Average fuel consumption: 24.4mpg

Fuel tank capacity: 73 litres

CO2 emissions: 262g/km

Fabric Z-fold roof: Lowered: 6.7 seconds Raised: 6.8 seconds Both at speeds of up to 31mph.

Luggage capacity: 200 litres (enough for golf bag)

a close up of a car: Though expect to pay much more if adding bespoke sport and luxury extras such as sports-plus seats and carbon-fibre interiors © Provided by This Is Money Though expect to pay much more if adding bespoke sport and luxury extras such as sports-plus seats and carbon-fibre interiors Built at Gaydon in Warwickshire, the launch coincides with a new range of options introduced across the Vantage range. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Vantage nameplate, this includes the firm's traditional horizontal 'vane' grille as an option as an alternative to the track-inspired shark-like 'hunter' mesh grille which has featured on the coupe since launch.

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It shares the same hi-tech electronic braking, stability and handling support as the coupe – such as Dynamic Stability Control – but also benefits from some bespoke tuning as well as roll-over safety hoops.

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Aston Martin said: 'The heartbeat of Aston Martin's sports car range just got that little bit faster. This convertible model amplifies the emotional appeal of a model renowned for delivering a compelling blend of potent performance, outstanding dynamics and everyday usability.'

'Vantage Roadster retains the strong dynamic ability and sporting character achieved in the Coupe with no compromise to feel or refinement'.

Aston Martin president and chief executive officer Dr Andy Palmer said: 'Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favourites 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. 

' a blue and red toy car: The low 'stack-height' of the roof means the Roadster can maintain its low and 'seamless' profile and aerodynamic integrity, says Aston Martin © Provided by This Is Money The low 'stack-height' of the roof means the Roadster can maintain its low and 'seamless' profile and aerodynamic integrity, says Aston Martin Vantage has always delivered the purest of thrills, but in Roadster form that adrenaline rush is set to go to the next level.'

The firm's chief engineer Matt Becker added: 'Convertible sports cars are often seen as compromised when compared to their coupe equivalents, but the Vantage Roadster remains absolutely dedicated true to its mission of delivering precise, agile and expressive handling dynamics combined with stonking straight-line performance. 

'And of course, there's the added dimension of driving a great-sounding sports car with the roof down'. 

 

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