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Aston Martin reveals the V12 Vantage Roadster

Rumour finally becomes reality...

Aston Martin has finally released details of the V12 Vantage Roadster after a couple of years of intense speculation from the media and internet forums. Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez casually mentioned that the car would be going into production last year, but then nothing more was heard and most thought the project had been canned.

Instead of making just another mode though, Aston have decided that the V12 Roadster will be a strictly limited run, with only 101 being made – 100 for the public and one for Aston to keep. Those 100 cars are split across South America, South Africa, the Far East, Australasia and throughout Europe including Russia, with no cars going to China/Taiwan/S Korea, U.S./Canada, or most of the Middle East.

Visually the V12V Roadster gets the same body additions as the coupe, including the carbon fibre front splitter, carbon fibre bonnet vents and raised boot lip spoiler. Other new design elements include carbon fibre side vent strakes, carbon fibre mirror caps and carbon fibre inner sections for the rear lamps. There is a new look for the forged alloy wheels, which are the same as the coupe but with more blacked out sections. Exterior options include black exhaust pipes and Aston Martin emblems with black background, along with a huge array of paint finishes ranging from standard colours to £3500 for special paint.

New interior features include lower centre console glass switches (instead of black plastic) and carbon fibre door pulls. An optional Carbon Interior Pack takes it a step further with the addition of a carbon fibre centre console fascia and carbon fibre gearshift base plate – the first time this has been offered on an Aston Martin and an option that will certainly spread to the other models.

The V12 Vantage Roadster is certain to be a collector’s car in the future, with the low production volume and the fact that it is probably the last Aston Martin you’ll be able to buy with a V12 connected to a manual gearbox – a must for enthusiasts. Add in the fact that with the roof down you’ll be even more exposed to the immense sound of the V12 and the V12 Roadster becomes one of the most desirable cars of 2012.

Each of the UK’s 22 dealers will get at least one car, though they are on a first come, first served basis and the first cars will be delivered in October. The V12 Vantage Roadster will cost £155,000.

Images courtesy of Aston Martin

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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