Following the launch of its massively powerful V12 Vantage S coupe, Aston has this week unveiled its exhibitionist sibling, the topless V12 Vantage S Roadster.
Power is of course provided by the company’s big 6.0 litre V12, producing a prodigious 421kW and 620Nm of torque.
That’s all sent to the rear wheels through Aston’s seven-speed Sportshift III automated manual shifter, replacing the 20kg heavier six-speed manual of the previous model.
And, just as the coupe is now Aston’s fastest-ever production hardtop, the V12 Vantage S is also the British super-brand’s fastest production droptop.
Aston claims the 'new' Roadster will hit 100km/h in 4.1 seconds, just 0.2 seconds slower than the lighter and more rigid hardtop model.
The Roadster gets the same new three-stage adaptive damping system featured in the coupe, with Normal, Sport and Track modes - switching driving feel from a passenger-friendly plush ride to a firm and handling-focused setup.
The system controls throttle response, shift timing and speed, steering, and exhaust note. The exhaust system also comes from the One-77 hypercar, cutting weight and space further.
Electric assisted steering is also on-board, using a ZF servotronic system and offering a 15:1 ratio.
Both V12 Vantage S models get new carbon-fibre and titanium highlights, along with a new grille frame inspired by the recent CC100 Speedster concept.
In the cockput, there's updated sports seats with Luxmill or semi-aniline trim, and an optional carbon-fibre pack, adding highlights to the door pulls, dash and pedals.
Expect the V12 Vantage S Roadster to join the Coupe in Australia either late this year (when the Coupe is due) or early in 2015.
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