2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

The Aston Martin Vantage is the smallest car in the current Aston range and it was created to be a more entertaining sports car with a cheaper price point when compared to the GT cars like the DB9 . The car was lauded for its looks and handling abilities, but many felt the standard V-8 lacked the proper grunt for a car like this. Aston Martin rose to the challenge and created the V12 Vantage by cramming the 12-cyliiunder engine from the DB9 into the engine bay of the smaller car. Just last year, Aston turned up the wick even farther with a faster, lighter, and more exciting V12 Vantage S model. The big issue with the V12 Vantage S is that is only available in hardtop form, not the seductive roadster. Until now, anyways.

That’s right, Aston has just announced a drop-top version of the V12 Vantage S, and it is as amazing as it sounds.

Functionally the new V12 Vantage S Roadster is identical to its hard-top sibling. That means powerful V-12 engine, reduced weight, increased torque, and a top speed of more than 200 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster.

Exterior

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

The silver slatted finish that dominated every Aston grille for the last several years is gone, replaced with an aggressive collection of carbon fiber and mesh.

Visually, the new V12 Vantage S Roadster shouts its performance level to the world. Most Aston Martins are tastefully refined, but the Vantage looks like it’s the crazy relative nobody talks about. The silver slatted finish that dominated every Aston grille for the last several years is gone, replaced with an aggressive collection of carbon fiber and mesh. It looks very similar to the grille on the Aston Vantage race car. More than adding to the aesthetics, that new nose increases airflow to the engine.

A close will notice that while the car sits on the same footprint as the older car, the new machine has subtly flared wheel arches that will fit quite nicely over the new forged alloy wheels. The hood has the same crazy vents and slats as the V12 S Coupe, and if you want more carbon fiber, there is an exterior carbon pack available. For the most crazy of owners, you can get the tailgate, carbon grille and front grille “lipstick” painted in a different color.

Whatever your choice, the V12 Vantage S Roadster is the craziest and most aggressive road-going Aston you can buy today, and that makes it extra awesome.

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster - Exterior Dimensions

Length4385 mm (172.6”)
Width1865 mm (73.4”) excluding mirrors
Width2022 mm (79.6”) including mirrors
Height (Roadster)1260 mm (49.2”)
Wheelbase2600 mm (102.4”)
Front track1570 mm (61.8”)
Rear track1575 mm (62.0”)
Turning circle11.8 m (38.7 ft) (curb to curb)
Boot capacity144 liters (5.1 cu ft)
Fuel capacity21.1 US Gal (80 liters/17.6 UK gal)
Curb weight (Roadster)3847 lb (1745 kg)

Interior

While the new seat choice is great, I really like the standard Sport buckets with their cool leather racing stripe that runs up the center.

Considering what Aston did to the outside of this thing, I half expected the interior to come with steel studs in the dash and flame throwers for seat heaters. Thankfully, Aston turned their stereo down from 11, and has given us a traditional luxurious cabin. The door panel design has been changed, and there are now options for lightweight carbon fiber buckets, but most everything is still covered in acres of dead cow skin. While the new seat choice is great, I really like the standard Sport buckets with their cool leather racing stripe that runs up the center.

Some of the standard niceties include Piano Black trim, Bluetooth, navigation, and more. If that Piano Black doesn’t fit your tastes, you can opt for carbon fiber instead. While much of the interior comes in only black or a dark blue, Aston does give you plenty of color choices when it comes to seat leather, carpet color, door panel trim, and the contrast stitching. They even let you choose if you want silver pedals or black pedals.

Standard Features

  • Full-grain leather interior
  • Piano Black fascia trim, center stack and door grabs
  • Leather-trimmed sports steering wheel with Black airbag ring
  • Electrically adjustable sports seats with side airbags
  • Memory seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)
  • Dual-stage driver/passenger front airbags
  • Carbon fiber front grille
  • Titanium front grille and side strake meshes
  • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
  • Heated rear screen
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
  • Trip computer
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth® telephone preparation with audio streaming capability
  • Satellite navigation
  • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror
  • Garage door opener (USA and Canada only)
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Reverse parking assist camera (USA and Canada only)
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Alarm (with volumetric and tilt sensor) and immobilizer
  • Remote control central door locking and boot release
  • Glass ECU
  • Glass switches
  • LED map reading lights

Drivetrain

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

The drivetrain of the V12 S Roadster is likely going to be many people’s favorite part. With a 12-cylinder engine that makes 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, this Aston is one fast machine. IT will hit 60 mph in less than four seconds, 3.9 to be exact, and it will rocket all the way to 201 mph. That is the same top speed as the legendary Ferrari F40.

To make sure the car is more enjoyable and easier to drive, Aston spent a substantial amount of time on the torque curve. Most sports cars in this range have incredible horsepower and speed, but they lack low rev grunt and can feel sluggish at slow speeds. That won’t be an issue for this car, as the V12 S Roadster has a full 376 pound-feet of twist available at just 1,000 rpm. That’s basically diesel performance.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Like all Vantage cars before, all that power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels, but this is where things get sad for me. Yes, the car has all the torque in the world, and it is RWD, but the new V12 Vantage S Roadster is only available with the new Sportshift III ASM transmission. There is no option for three-pedals. The previous V12 Vantage Roadster was the last mass produced V-12 car that could be ordered with a manual transmission, and now it is gone.

Can I have a moment of silence for its passing, please?

Now back to business. It may suck that you can only get an automatic, but Aston has some reasons for choosing this route. For starters it is easier to sell a car with an auto, and modern paddle-shifted cars are far faster than a normal cog-swapper. Aston also has a weight advantage. The new transmission is a full 44 pounds lighter than the old six-speed manual.

If you are like me, and just NEED a manual, I may have hope. I am looking into the possibility of bolting the old transmission to the new engine. I will keep you guy supdated.

2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster - Drivetrain/Specifications

TypeAll-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935 cc V-12
Max power565 HP @ 6750 RPM
Max torque457 LB-FT @ 5750 RPM
Acceleration (Roadster) - 0-60 mph3.9 seconds
Maximum speed (Roadster)201 mph

Suspensions and Brakes

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

A lot of work went into the engine, but an equal amount went into the suspension and chassis tuning. With this much power, Aston Martin wanted to make sure that drivers could harness it well on the road and have thrown a large collection of tech and knowledge gained from the race-winning GT4 and GTE cars.

The suspension system itself features three-stage dampers, that when allied with a three-stage Dynamic Stability Control System and a two-stage ABS braking system allows the car to be tailored to your exact driving preferences. The car has three main settings; Normal, Sport, and Track. Beyond these three settings for the chassis tuning, there is also a “Sport” button mounted on the center console that modifies shift speed, exhaust tuning, throttle response, and more. I suggest just taping that button down.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

To bring things down from speed, Aston has given the V12 S Roadster a set of massive Carbon Ceramic brakes that are nearly identical to the kit used on the bigger, faster Vanquish . Even the exhaust has seen extra love and attention. Beyond the simple audio tuning that happens with the Sport button, the actual exhaust itself has been completely redesigned, and it is based off the system used in the One-77 supercar.

Steering

  • Rack and pinion, speed-sensitive Servotronic power-assisted steering, 2.5 turns lock-to-lock
  • Column tilt and reach adjustment
  • Steering rack with 15:1 ratio

Wheels & Tires

  • 19” 10-spoke forged alloy Graphite painted wheels with diamond-turned finish
  • Front: 9 x 19” Pirelli P Zero Corsa 255/35 ZR19
  • Rear: 11 x 19” Pirelli P Zero Corsa 295/30 ZR19

Suspension

  • Front: Independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, dual-rate coil springs and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Three-stage Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Normal, Sport and Track modes

Brakes

  • Front: Ventilated Carbon Ceramic Matrix discs, 398 mm diameter with six-piston monobloc calipers
  • Rear: Ventilated Carbon Ceramic Matrix discs, 360 mm diameter with four-piston monobloc calipers
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Track mode
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction Control (TC)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Positive Torque Control (PTC)
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)

Prices

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

We don’t have solid or official pricing yet on the new V12 Vantage S Roadster, but it obviously won’t be cheap. The base price of a Coupe hovers around the $180k to $190k range, so I would expect a small premium of $5,000 to $7000 dollars for the model with unlimited head room.

Competition

Jaguar Project 7

Jaguar Project 7

It may seem a little crazy to compare a limited run car like the Project 7 with a mass production car like the Aston, but hear me out. For starters, they are both British marques, have open-top designs and they make about the same horsepower. Also, Jaguar will be making a standard F-Type Roadster with this general powertrain, we just don’t have it yet.

All that covered, they actually match up pretty well. Both represent the absolute best of what their base cars can offer. Maximum power, maximum performance and maximum visual aggression. If history is anything to go by though, the Jaguar will be cheaper and it will hold its value a lot better. Aston Martin’s traditionally have some of the worst deprecation of any high end automaker.

Right now, I would be split between them. I think the Aston is prettier, but now that I can’t get a manual transmission, I am swayed by the Jaguar.

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

Let’s be honest, we can’t talk high end sports cars without mentioning the 911. This isn’t just any 911 either. For the near $200k asking price of the Aston, you can have the fastest convertible 911 ever created, the new Turbo S cabriolet. Horsepower from the turbocharged flat-six is about the same as the Aston at 560, but the 0 to 60 sprint happens in three seconds dead, nearly a second faster than the Vantage. The Vantage does hold the crown for top speed though, the 911 can only manage 197 mph.

Regardless, if you are looking for pure driving excitement and performance, the Porsche 911 is the benchmark. It may look frumpy compared to the Aston, but with two small rear seats, it is slightly more practical than the Aston, and just like the Jaguar before, the Porsche will hold its value a lot better than the Vantage.

Conclusion

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

The V12 Vantage Roadster has long been one of my favorite cars. It combines all the absurdity of cramming big engines into little cars with the luxury of a high-end automaker. When you slather all that in the design beauty and brand cache of Aston Martin, you have a winner. Now that Aston has made the thing lower, wider, lighter and more powerful with the S, there is a lot to love. I do hate that there is no manual transmission option anymore, but the new unit is said to be lighter and faster than ever before.

If I was going to get something to replace the Miata I just fell in love with, I would like to think it would be one of these.

LOVE IT
  • Great Aston Martin looks
  • Increased power and torque
  • Seats with a leather racing stripe!
LEAVE IT
  • WHERE THE F*&^ IS MY MANUAL TRANSMISSION?!
  • More expensive than many rivals
  • Will depreciate faster than a sinking ship

Press Release

Aston Martin is opening up a new world of exhilarating driving excitement with the announcement of the hotly anticipated 2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

When it arrives in markets around the world later this year the new sports car will become the luxury British marque’s most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster to date and follows in the broad tyre tracks of the V12 Vantage S Coupe that was launched to worldwide acclaim in 2013.

Providing the most visceral yet engaging open-top experience in Aston Martin’s current range, the new V12 Vantage S Roadster delivers characteristic sporting agility underpinned by an enviable sports ‘soundtrack’ generated by its naturally aspirated V12 engine and expertly-tuned sports exhaust.

Equipped with the latest 565 bhp Aston Martin AM28 6.0-litre V12 engine, featuring state-of-the-art Bosch engine management, the car is capable of reaching 201 mph and sprinting from rest to 60 mph in only 3.9 seconds.

Peak and low rev torque is delivered in abundance. With 457 lb ft available at 5,750 rpm the V12 Vantage S Roadster is not to be found wanting in this vital department. Crucially, too, low rev torque – measured at just 1,000 rpm – peaks at a colossal 376 lb ft. Together, these statistics demonstrate the Aston Martin engineers’ ability to create a ‘flatter’, yet ‘fatter’, torque curve which supports exceptional driveability and strong pick-up through the gears.

Aston Martin Director of Design, Marek Reichman, said: “The V12 Vantage S Roadster is the mechanical embodiment of this company’s exceptional spirit.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

“Beautiful, powerful and spirited it is as spectacular to listen to as it is to look at. The new roadster is truly a treat for the senses with, underlying all this, the capacity to deliver one of the most dynamic, exciting and stirring driving experiences in our current range.

“I’m sure the V12 Vantage S Roadster will appeal to luxury sports car enthusiasts worldwide who want to add a truly exceptional new model to their garage.”

Race car technology

As with its coupe sibling, race car technology runs right through the DNA of the V12 Vantage S Roadster with, for instance, CNC machined combustion chambers and hollow cam shafts just two examples of track technology feeding through to the road.

Another clear example is the new car’s gearbox, the Sportshift™III ASM (auto-shift manual) transmission. Engineered to exploit the full sporting potential of the V12 engine, the latest generation Sportshift™III hydraulically actuated automated manual transmission provides motorsport-style paddle shift changes for optimum performance delivery. The unit, which replaces the six-speed manual gearbox found in the previous V12 Vantage Roadster, is also appreciably lighter – saving 44 lb versus its forebear.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

This race-derived and motorsport-proven technology – used routinely in Aston Martin Racing’s race-winning Vantage GT4, GT3 and GTE competition cars – provides for great driver control with only milliseconds of torque interruption and delivers precise and swift gear changes.

The Sportshift™III transaxle, from transmission experts Oerlikon Graziano, joins an extensive array of new sport and track-focused developments that ensure the V12 Vantage S Roadster is fully equipped to exploit the huge performance potential of its 6.0-litre naturally aspirated engine.

The use of three-stage adaptive damping, allied to three-stage DSC and two-stage ABS, allows the driver to more precisely tailor the car’s dynamic character. ‘Normal’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Track’ modes provide a broad swathe of dynamic performance that can be tuned to better suit the driver’s requirements. The system also governs the level of power steering assistance offered.

Working alongside the extended chassis capabilities is a ‘Sport’ mode, controlled via a button on the centre console that alters throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note to, once again, tune the character of the car to the driver’s requirements.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

Optimum braking performance is delivered via the specially-created carbon ceramic discs all round, with near-identical brakes appearing on the brands ultimate GT, the Vanquish. Meanwhile a whole new exhaust system – derived from that of Aston Martin’s most expensive and exclusive production model, the One-77 hypercar – is light, small and wonderfully sonorous.

The ZF Servotronic power assisted steering offers a quick, slick, 15:1 ratio and, linked to the adaptive damping button, it offers two-mode steering assistance designed to best match the ‘Sport’ or ‘Normal’ settings generated by the Adaptive Damping System.

Pure power, beautifully presented

As Aston Martin’s most overtly sporting convertible car, with a more dynamic character even than the luxurious Vanquish Volante ultimate GT or refined DB9 Volante, the V12 Vantage S Roadster has been styled to reflect is position as the flagship convertible in the Vantage family.

In keeping with the V12 Vantage S Coupe, the Roadster does away with the famous aluminium vanes in the Aston Martin grille – replacing them with a carbon fibre arrangement that also includes sporty black or titanium silver mesh. Created to maximise airflow to the V12 engine, the new grille is inspired by both the remarkable CC100 Speedster Concept and the Vantage race cars.

Other distinguishing features of the V12 Vantage S Roadster include the option of lightweight forged alloy ten-spoke wheels.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

The new Roadster retains the same compact proportions of its predecessor while features such as the pronounced bonnet louvres, optional bold graphics (painted carbon front grille, front grille lipstick and tailgate panel) as well as the exterior carbon pack and flared wheel arches underscore its sporting abilities.

Inside, as out, the new car has been styled to reflect its powerful nature. New-style seat trim and door trims, with Sport and carbon fibre Lightweight seat options – present V12 Vantage S Roadster buyers with an exciting array of choices.

The optional Interior Carbon Pack, which adds carbon fibre to the car’s facia and door pulls, plus the availability for the first time in a V12 Vantage S Roadster of black pedals, further enhances personalisation options for those in search of a truly bespoke sports car.

Q by Aston Martin

Meanwhile,For V12 Vantage S Roadster, the company is introducing a Q by Aston Martin Collection which consists of bespoke features that are entirely in keeping with the character of the car.

For V12 Vantage S Roadster this includes a palette of bold exterior and interior colours; body coloured carbon bonnet louvres; a red tint or satin finish to the carbon fibre elements on the exterior and interior of the car; a full carbon fibre centre console, black anodised and machined rotary controls and a steering wheel with a leather on-centre stripe in the chosen interior accent colour.

Marek Reichman added: “The new V12 Vantage S Roadster not only looks the part, but has been engineered and built to showcase the ethos of Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster

“We believe that it is a truly exceptional sports car, with the capacity to set pulses racing just by its sound alone. The authentic appeal of its style, performance, quality and craftsmanship ensure its stands head and shoulders above others in its sector and delivers that most precious of experiences – fun – in abundance!”


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