Aston Martin Vantage Roadster: The world’s fastest convertible roof

With a closed-to-open time of just 6.7 seconds, the new Vantage Roadster sets the record for the fastest convertible roof retracting mechanism.

Featuring a raucous V8 from AMG, the new Aston Martin Vantage Roadster has been announced – and its party trick, the convertible roof. Thanks to a new ‘z-fold’ mechanism, the new Vantage Roadster is able to get it’s roof from the closed to open position in just 6.7 seconds, and vice versa in 6.8 seconds.

The engine, a Mercedes-AMG sourced 4.0L twin-turbo V8 churns up 385kW of power and 685Nm of torque, meaning 100km/h can be reached from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds, only two-tenths of a second slower than the pre-existing coupe. The same eight-speed ZF automatic spinning the rear wheels means that the two-tenths of a second gap can only be due to the added chassis stiffness and the roof mechanism, which increases weight to 1590kg, thus making it 60kg heavier than the coupe. The good news is – Aston Martin stated that the convertible Vantage “retains the strong dynamic ability” of the coupe with no compromise on precision.

Another difference between the new roadster and the pre-existing coupe include the noticable changes made to the front fascia, which Aston Martin said will be the path forward in 2021, as the coupe will recieve a similar facelift treatment.

The boot space is of course affected too, as it must fit the folding mechanism – however thanks to the compact design of the roof, it still retains 200 litres of space which albeit less than the coupe, is still enough to get by daily activities – that is of course if owners plan on using it for such activities.

Pricing in Australia will start at $315,000 AUD before on-roads, making it $15,000 AUD more expensive than the Vantage Coupe.

The new Vantage Roadster will set UK buyers back £127,000, and American buyers will be spending a similar $161,000 USD.


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