It was meant to be a one-off, but these exclusive images suggest otherwise.
Aston Martin treats its cars as if they're made of clay because no matter how settled a certain design appears to be, the British automaker has no qualms about completely reshaping it to meet customer demands or making its own fantasies come true. More recently, it did this to the Vantage GT12, a car intended as a hardcore version of the V12 Vantage. Then, a wealthy customer demanded a topless version of the Vantage GT12. Dreams were crushed because only that customer was supposed to enjoy the car. However that may no longer be the case.
If our spy photographer's latest findings prove anything, there could be more soft-top Vantage GT12s coming for sale to the masses in the near future. Until Aston Martin makes an announcement, we'll be scratching our heads wondering what an encore version of what was supposed to be a one-off is doing testing at the Nurburgring. Our best guess is that Aston Martin liked the result so much it decided that a limited run of GT12 Roadsters was in order. To us, that's a lot like saying the world will be populated with more puppies and underwear models, so there will be no protest coming from our mouths. Actually, nothing will be coming out of our mouths because they will be shut so we can hear the yowl of the finely tuned 6.0-liter V12.
We expect that engine to push the car's sleek proportions around the Green Hell with 600 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque. As in the coupe, that power will be sent to the rear wheels after passing through a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Aside from the loss of a hard roof, the Vantage should feature almost no changes that would make it differ from the GT12 coupe except for the usual convertible modifications. This means revised suspension to handle a less composed body and maybe some reinforcing beams. Just like the color on this test mule, we're left in the dark about any further details, so for now we'll have to wait and see what Aston Martin is cooking up.