Evo Reviews Vantage V12 Roadster in the Rain


Jethro Bovingdon loves Aston Martin for shoehorning their acclaimed 6.0-liter V12 into the short-wheel-based Vantage roadster and who can blame him.

It's taken three years for Aston Martin to chop the top off its twelve-cylinder baby, but the Roadster version of the V12 Vantage was well worth the wait.

Evo's Jethro Bovingdon is particularly impressed with the roadster, even while hooning it around the Bedford Autodrome on a "beautiful (read: very wet) British summer's day." Check out what he thinks in the video short. The same 6.0-liter V12 that powers the existing coupe drives 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed manual to the two-seat cabriolet's rear wheels. We can only imagine how that would sound with the roof down. Woof. With well-delivered gear changes, sprinting to 62 mph should take no more than 4.5 seconds, and with the pedal to the metal the speedo will eventually hit 190 mph.

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Compared to the V8 Vantage Roadster, the V12 model gets carbon-fiber everywhere, from the handmade front splitter and rear diffuser to the mirror caps and rear lamp surrounds. Available to order in selected markets now, the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is priced at £150,000 in the UK, representing a £15k premium over the coupe.