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Heavier, slower, better — the new 2020 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

Heavier, slower, better — the new 2020 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

Dejan Jovanovic 2 months ago

The new 2020 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster looks rather nice wouldn’t you agree? Never mind the fact that it’s slower and heavier and pricier than the coupe…

We liked the new Vantage – we drove Aston’s entry-level supercar both abroad and closer to home, on both road and track. A turbocharged engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG was odd at first, but then it was just plain good. With strong brakes, compact dimensions and a comfortable ride, the latest Vantage straddles the Grand Touring domain. It’s a continental cruiser rather than something you would track on weekends. Even at launch the car seemed perfectly suited to some casual open air motoring.

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Now that some Canadian billions are secured for the future wellbeing of everyone in Woking, Aston Martin can breathe more easily. And in more positive news from the British manufacturer, the new Aston Martin Vantage Roadster has just been revealed to pair up with the coupe in the line-up.

It’s all much the same story, so you get a hand-assembled 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine delivered straight from Affalterbach, rated at 510 horsepower and 685Nm of torque. The eight-speed automatic transmission drives the rear wheels, with zero to 100km/h coming up in less than four seconds. If you prefer there’s even a seven-speed manual transmission from the limited edition Vantage AMR available as optional kit. The quoted top speed and acceleration times are slightly slower compared to the coupe however, but still, you can top out at 305km/h so you only miss out on 10km/h. In the sprint the Roadster also lags two tenths of a second behind the tin-top car. 

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Even though Aston Martin claims the lightweight roof is trick and all that, the Roaster still weighs an extra 60kg which means it tips the scales at about 1,600kg. In one respect at least the new Vantage Roadster is properly rapid – the soft-top automatically lowers in 6.7 seconds, and then it only takes a tenth of a second more to raise it back up. Aston Martin claims it’s the fastest operating roof on the market.

The Brits also say there’s no perceptible dynamic changes when it comes to handling and driving feel in this drop-top, and all the chassis tech from the coupe is present here as well – adaptive suspension, torque vectoring, and an electronic limited slip rear differential are all included.

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On the practical front the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster can handle a full size golf bag, which always seems to be the biggest concern of buyers of these cars. That translates to a boot capacity of 200 litres.

You can already go ahead and order an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster with first deliveries scheduled just in time for summer – quoted prices in the US start from just over $160,000 or roughly AED600,000.

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