The Vantage will drop its top in spring 2020.
Aston Martin officially announced the Vantage Roadster earlier this month and treated us to a handful of tantalizing photos of an engineering prototype. Now, the same prototype shown off by Aston Martin finished in matte grey has been caught by our spy photographers getting a workout at the Nurburgring, allowing us to admire it from all angles.
The Vantage's styling translates well to a convertible, as the Roadster retains the coupe's athletic design lines, ducktail-style spoiler, full-width LED taillight bar, and aggressive front splitter and rear diffuser. However, the rear decklid has been modified to incorporate a retractable folding roof, and a wind deflector and headrest support bars have also been added. Fortunately, none of these modifications sacrifice the Vantage's stunning looks.
Like its fixed-roof sibling, the Vantage Roadster will be powered by a Mercedes-AMG sourced twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. In the regular Vantage, the V8 unit produces 503 horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds before topping out at 196 mph. With the roof down, it should sound sublime.
Inevitably, the extra structural strengthening required to compensate for the removal of the roof means the Vantage Roadster will be heavier than the regular model, which tips the scales at 3,373 pounds. As a result, the droptop Vantage will probably be slightly slower off the line, but that's the price you pay in exchange for open-top driving thrills. We're also hoping the hardcore Vantage AMR, which is equipped with a seven-speed manual, will get the Roadster treatment. Interior tech should carry over, so expect the Vantage Roadster to feature an eight-inch infotainment system.
The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster will drop its top next spring. When it goes on sale, expect it to be more expensive than the regular Vantage, which starts at $149,995.