Aston Martin have unveiled an new model in New York that aims to take back some market share from the new Jaguar F-Type. The Aston Martin Vantage GT Roadster is a more performance focussed car with a simplified equipment package intended to give an analogue feel to the car.
Powered by the same 430 hp engine as the V8 Vantage S it offers a very attractive package of high performance, great looks and perhaps the cooled badge in motoring. More interesting still is the price of $99,900 USD. We are most often used to seeing track inspired versions of standard models sold at a premium but this Aston Martin is going to be accessible to a growing number of enthusiasts.
The Special edition GT is available as both coupe and roadster and is set apart with an optional graphics package inspired by the brand’s GT4 racing cars. Graphite-painted alloy wheels and black trim around the headlights, side windows, exhausts and taillights give it a race inspired look. The grill surround, mirror caps and brake callipers contrast with one of five different standard paint colours.
The interior brings in touches of the contrasting colour in the form of stitching and other details while the rest comes in a choice of either ‘dark’ or ‘light’. The sports seats feature GT embroidery to the headrests. Apart from the specific colour schemes the usual luxuries remain so this is no stripped out racer. The seats are half leather, half Alcantara while the dashboard can be finished in carbon-fibre or piano-black trim.
A manual gearbox comes as standard to complete the analogue experience however a seven-speed Sportshift II automated manual transmission can be specified at additional cost.
Performance figures include a 190 mph top speed and a 0-60 mph sprint time of 4.6 seconds.
The Aston Martin Vantage GT Roadster will go on sale by the Autumn of 2014.