Aston Martin has unveiled its most extreme roadster ever - a bespoke Vantage GT12 Roadster.
The result of a tailor made customer commission, undertaken by the ‘Q’ bespoke department, the Vantage GT12 Roadster takes the original Vantage GT12 Coupe’s ‘hardcore ethos and adds the visceral thrill of open-top driving’, says Aston Martin.
The Vantage GT12 Roadster is powered by a special 600PS version of the brand’s 6.0-litre normally aspirated V12 engine mated to a seven-speed Sportshift III paddle-shift transmission. Technical highlights include magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system.
With a significant number of new carbon-fibre body panels, under the skin a unique suspension set-up - defined by Aston Martin’s in-house ‘dynamics experts’ - helps ensure the Roadster shares the same handling characteristics as the Coupe model, and also features bespoke paint and trim.
David King, Vice President and Chief Special Operations Officer, says of the Vantage GT12 Roadster: “In just nine-months we took a customer’s dream and realised it, with a fully-formed, exactingly engineered and fully road-legal one-off. That is the essence of the Q by Aston Martin service”.
Dr Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and CEO, commented: “The Vantage GT12 Roadster is a hugely exciting project. Not just because it’s sensational to look at, but because it vividly demonstrates the expanded capabilities of Q by Aston Martin. By incorporating the exceptional engineering capabilities of Aston Martin Advanced Operations within the Q by Aston Martin bespoke commissioning service we have a truly formidable creative team.”