- Car brand: Aston Martin
- Convertible roof type: Fabric
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
- Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Roadster
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster was developed along side the Vantage coupe and the British car maker have made great efforts to keep the weight increases of the additional chassis stiffening to a minimum. Sophisticated alloys and composite materials are used in the body to cut down the weight and increase rigidity. The end result is a car whose performance matches its hard roofed brother.
The german built 4.3 litre V8 engine has been upgraded to a 4.7 litres which can power the Roadster to 60mph in 4.7 seconds and then on to a potential maximum speed of 180mph. The bigger capacity engine gives a very welcome boost in power giving the Vantage the punch that the original lacked.
Two transmission alternatives are available for the V8 Vantage Roadster: a six-speed Graziano conventional stick-shift manual gearbox or Aston Martin’s new Sportshift automated manual transmission.