The Aston Martin V8 Roadster is expected to make its debut within the next six months. The new model will use the Aston’s 32-valve 4.3-liter V-8, dellivering arround 380 hp. The cabriolet version it is probably to be a mote porkier than its tin-top cousin, so performance could slip modestly from the coupe’s 0-60 mph time of 4.9 seconds and top speed of 175 mph.

This undisguised prototype clearly shows Aston doggedly sticking with soft top mechanisms, despite a market that’s trending toward folding hardtops. The omission could be due to any number of factors, including cost, complexity, weight, packaging and/or perceived lack of demand.

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