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Aston Martin CEO confirms V12 Vantage Roadster is coming

Big engine, small car, no roof. We approve...

At a customer lunch yesterday, Aston Martin confirmed what many people have been speculating (which had been fervently denied by AM previously) - that they will indeed be making a Roadster version of the V12 Vantage.

It's not really surprising, as the speculations have shown, given the increasing popularity of hardcore convertibles. Ferrari had the 430 16M, Lamborghini the LP570-4 Performante Spyder and more recently Jaguar released the XKR-S Convertible. So with Aston Martin's best car - the V12 Vantage it was only a matter of time before the logical Roadster version was released.

Set to use the same 6.0 litre V12 engine with 510 bhp as seen in the coupe and DBS, the new V12V Roadster will certainly entertain drivers with the mix of stunning looks, punishing performance and an exhaust note which would bring any performance car fan to their knees. Expect suspension settings to be a little softer than the coupe to account for the loss of the roof, but it will still be a much harder proposition than the standard V8 Vantage Roadster or even the V8 Vantage Roadster S.

Numbers are likely to be very limited though, as the original plan for the V12 Vantage was for 1000 units which is rapidly being approached. Expect pricing to be around £10,000 more than the coupe at £145,000. Hopefully the Roadster will hold its value better though with its limited status, as the coupes have dropped to around £85,000 within 2 years and 8,000 miles. That’s rather savage depreciation of £6.25 per mile which is a lot for even a Supercar owner to swallow.

Dr. Bez also announced that there is a DBS replacement coming in 2013 with 600 bhp, reduced weight and a £200,000 price tag. We can’t wait to see this, as the DBS is one of our favourite cars.

Speculative image by TorquingPoint

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more