Aston launches the Roadster priced from £ 126,950, and hopes that this car will increase sales
Aston Martin has revealed the new Vantage Roadster, which the company hopes will provide a boost to underwhelming Vantage sales. Customers can order now, deliveries begin in the second quarter of this year.
Prices start from £ 126,950, and will modestly cost £ 6000 compared to the highes but, as part of a round of updates for the 2021 model year, the list price of the coupé has been reduced from £120,900 to £114,800.
Aston claims is the fastest fully automatic soft-top hood in the business, going from opened to closed and vice versa in under seven seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.
Vantage’s weight increased slightly by 60kg thanks to the roof. The folding ‘Z’ roof mechanism and light bracing structure help reduce the weight of the vehicle.
Preparing for the car is the same 4.0-liter V8 engine as the coupé, capable of 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds and top speed of 190mph, figures slower than 0.2 seconds and 5mph compared to those of the hard-top car.
Aston says the Roadster retains the coupé’s “strong dynamic ability and sporting character with no compromise to feel or refinement”. It uses the same electronic and mechanical chassis systems as the coupé but has a bespoke tune for the rear suspension, altered software for the adaptive dampers and a recalibrated ESP system. The three-mode chassis control system has also been tuned specifically for the model.
The Vantage loses 150 litres of boot capacity compared with the coupé, keeping an albeit respectable 200 litres, which Aston says is large enough for a full-size golf bag and its accessories.
A new range of options on the Vantage range will be introduced by Aston along with the launch of Vantage Roadster. Most notably, the seven-speed manual gearbox launched on the limited-run Vantage AMR is now available to order on the standard coupé.
A number of color options and alloy wheel designs are also available. There’s also a new, more traditional ‘vane’ grille design option that can be ordered on both the coupé and the drop-top, sitting alongside the existing ‘hunter’ grille.
2019 saw Aston suffer losses. Mounting losses led to last week’s announcement of a consortium, led by billionaire businessman Lawrence Stroll, investing hundreds of millions of pounds in return for a 16.7% stake in the car maker.
In Europe, the demand for Vantage is getting weaker. Aston Martin registered 1029 examples of the Vantage across Europe last year. That represents less than half the number it registered in 2006 in the first full year of sale for the outgoing V8 Vantage. By contrast, Mercedes-AMG registered in excess of 5500 AMG GTs across Europe in the same period.