Aston Martin has released the first images of its newest convertible in prototype form. The Vantage Roadster will join its coupe sibling in early 2020.
The new Aston Martin Vantage was unveiled in 2017 at the Los Angeles Motor Show, heralding a design reinvention set into motion by CEO Andy Palmer as part of the “Second Century Plan.” With the launch of the Vantage Roadster, every model in Aston Martin’s lineup will have a convertible variant, except for the Rapide AMR.
Veritably a Vantage, but now with a retractable soft top, the Roadster completes Aston Martin's convertible lineup.
The Vantage Roadster prototype carries forward the low, wide stance of its standard counterpart, with styling changes limited to the canvas folding soft top. The Vantage’s slim light bar and curvy ducktail spoiler make their way onto the Roadster, along with the bold front splitter and rear diffuser.
Aston Martin has not commented if the Vantage AMR, offered with a six-speed manual gearbox, will also be reimagined as a drop-top model. No technical details of the Roadster are out yet, although it is expected to feature the coupe’s 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 503hp and 685Nm. Of course, there will be a fractional sluggishness to the Roadster as opposed to the coupe. This will primarily be due to the addition of the soft top, its structural bracing and its folding and storage mechanism.
The UK-based carmaker has confirmed the model will be available globally in spring next year. Much like the DB11 Volante, it could command a premium over the Vantage Coupe, starting at approximately $160,000. Furthermore, Aston Martin has a lot more products lined up, not least of which is the DBS GT Zagato.
As part of the ultra-expensive DBZ Centenary Collection, you can not buy one of these Aston Martins without the other.
Celebrating 100 years of Italian design house and coachbuilder Zagato, the firm will offer a DBS GT Zagato and an authentic recreation of the DB4 GT Zagato. The DB4 is a continuation car in Aston Marin’s heritage lineup. Both the cars make up Aston’s uber-exclusive DBZ Centenary collection.
Finally, the brand is also gearing up to launch its first-ever SUV. Its prototype was seen flying across different landscapes, boldly proclaiming the car underneath through its loud camouflage. Christened the Aston Martin DBX, the new car will be pitted against Jaguar F-Pace, Bentley Bentayga, and Lamborghini Urus.