Aston Martin Vantage V12 Roadster

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Roadster

Year of production 2012 - 2013

Model: Vantage (2005 - ...)

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V12 Vantage Roadster

(2012 - 2013)

Aston Martin has a habit of always following the same trend with their model availability................eventually. Almost without exception, the most powerful road car is made into a convertible and that car almost instantly becomes the most desirable car in the line up. Not necessarily the most expensive or the 'top of the range' but always the most desirable. And so almost 5 years since the combination of the 5.9 litre V12 was squeezed into the smallest Vantage coupe chassis, the long awaited Roadster version was announced. Much rumoured from early 2011, initially existing customers were approached before the car became officially announced on the 10th July 2012.

The V12 Vantage Roadster instantly has become the most desirable Aston, not the dearest and arguably not the quickest, but with production limited to just 101 cars, the Roadster has become hot property. What is quite incredible is that although the V12 engine weighs 100kg more than the V8, the weight of the V12 Vantage Roadster is only 70kg more than the V8S Roadster due to a number of weight saving measures including carbon ceramic brakes and lighter forged wheels. Performance for the V12 Roadster indicates a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds and a maximum speed of 190mph.

In simple terms, the V12 Vantage Roadster combines the well known V12 5.9 litre engine with peak output of 510bhp as already in service in the DBS, DBS Volante and V12 Vantage coupe within the V8 Vantage Roadster compact body to make Aston Martin’s most exhilarating open-top sports car. That said, there are a number of detail differences from the coupe (and indeed the V8 Roadster) that are unique to this car.

  • Carbon Fibre mirror caps and side strakes
  • Carbon Fibre rear light infills with dark surrounds
  • Boot lid with re-profiled larger ‘flip’
  • New and exclusive lightweight forged 10-spoke 19” diamond turned alloy wheel
  • Optional black grille, side strake meshes and black Zircotec tail pipes
  • Optional reversing camera
  • Glass switches
  • Limited edition sill plaque
  • Piano Black facia and centre stack (although this becomes standard on the 2013MY V12 Vantage Coupe), black leather steering wheel
  • Optional Carbon Fibre interior pack (facia and gearstick surround), optional B&O speaker grilles and ALT’s in black
  • Modified rear damper tube length and tube cap (unique to V12 Vantage Roadster)
  • Modified rear spring (unique to V12 Vantage Roadster)
  • Wider rear tyres, Pirelli P Zero Corsa 295/30 ZR19

Production begin in the autumn of 2012 and was completed by Easter 2013. The UK price of the basic car was £150,000 although some cars would have been far more expensive with personalisation by ‘Q by Aston Martin’. Available in many of the important world markets, sadly customers in North America, China and much of the Middle East were not be able to buy the V12 Roadster.


Aston Martin is lifting the lid on an extreme new sports car with the global debut of the V12 Vantage Roadster.

The new sports car, available as a limited edition in selected markets worldwide, immediately becomes the most potent example of the open-top Vantage range and mixes the breath-taking power of Aston Martin's naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine with the established thrills of Vantage Roadster driving for what is an unforgettable sports car experience.

The V12 Vantage Roadster's 6.0-litre engine, mated as in the Coupe to a six-speed manual gearbox, generates 517 PS at 6,500 rpm and a muscular 570 Nm of torque at 5,750 rpm. It has been intelligently packaged into the Vantage Roadster's compact form to fully exploit the sports-orientated model's ample natural agility.

The naturally-aspirated V12 provides high levels of power and torque yet it delivers a flexible, refined driving experience illuminated with the potential for truly electrifying performance. The 0-62 mph sprint is dispatched in just 4.5 seconds* while this most potent Aston Martin Roadster is capable of 190 mph*.

While the Roadster naturally shares much of the technical and specification features of the V12 Vantage Coupe, some elements are redesigned to take account of the Roadster's neat packaging and engaging dynamics.

The V12 Vantage Roadster features a redesigned rear boot lid and lower front air intake to maintain a level of dynamic performance that's fully in keeping with the V12 Coupe, while there are also a number of unique chassis revisions. These include a modified rear damper set-up, front and rear damper valve tuning and a new rear spring design.

These changes, in conjunction with Aston Martin's use of Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres, ensure the sports car delivers dramatic straight-line performance as well as outstanding handling.

Styled to be as beautiful as it is potent, the new Roadster boasts a number of eye-catching additions that underline its sporty characteristics. Carbon fibre side strakes; a carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser; carbon fibre mirror caps and carbon fibre rear lamp infills – plus the new forged alloy wheel design – should leave the sports car cognoscenti in no doubt that this is a truly exclusive Aston Martin.

At the rear, the boot lid on the V12 Vantage Roadster incorporates a more pronounced 'flip' to reduce rear lift and improve stability at high speeds. The V12's diffuser houses a large, centre-mounted oil cooler and two large tail-pipe finishers.

As with the front splitter, the carbon fibre rear diffuser is hand-made to ensure the direction and consistency of the weave and ensure the best possible finish.

Inside, there are other distinguishing features that make the new car stand out from its illustrious siblings in the sought-after Aston Martin V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage line-up. Subtle additions such as the use of glass switches in the lower centre stack elevate yet further the luxurious ambience in the V12 Vantage Roadster cabin.

While for those seeking the ultimate in V12 Vantage Roadster personalisation, a package of interior trim comprising carbon fibre facia and carbon fibre gearshift surround is available.

Unique to the V12 Vantage and new V12 Vantage Roadster is the engine's "Sport" mode button, which enables the driver to select between two different powertrain modes.

Normal mode is the default from start-up and provides not only a more relaxed throttle response but also a quieter, more refined exhaust note. This creates a more progressive throttle response, suited to 'everyday' situations such as when driving in heavy traffic.

Sport mode, meanwhile, is designed for use in more dynamic driving situations where sharper responses are required. It has a number of tangible effects on the powertrain including a sharper throttle response, with the engine delivering more torque during the early stages of throttle pedal travel. Exhaust system bypass valves are also kept open for longer to create a particularly sporty exhaust note.

Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The V12 Vantage models are, first and foremost, driver's cars – inviting and fully rewarding the driver's full involvement.

"The addition to our range of this exceptional new Roadster allows the driver and passenger to experience full 'sensory overload' thanks to its outstanding performance."

He added: "I believe no other car in this class offers the combination of the V12 Vantage Roadster's prestige, six-speed manual gearbox and the unique enjoyment that driving a high performance convertible can deliver."

Please contact us now for further details or to register your interest in the new Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster, which is priced at £150,000 RRP in the UK.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster


Two-door, two-seat layout
VH bonded aluminium structure
Aluminium, magnesium alloy, composite and steel body
Extruded aluminium door side impact beams
High Intensity Discharge headlamps (dipped beam)
Halogen projector headlamps (main beam)
LED rear lamps


All-alloy quad overhead cam 48 valve 5,935cc V12
Compression ratio 10.7:1
Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
Fully-catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
517 PS at 6,500 rpm
570 Nm at 5,750 rpm
0-62 mph (100 km/h): 4.5 seconds***
Maximum speed: 190 mph*** (305 km/h***) 


Rear mid-mounted six-speed manual gearbox
Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre prop shaft
Limited-slip differential
Final drive ratio 3.71:1


Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs – 398 mm diameter with six-piston calipers
Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs – 360 mm diameter with four-piston calipers
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Traction Control


Front: Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers
Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, dual-rate coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers

Wheels & Tyres

Front: 9J x 19” Pirelli P Zero Corsa 255/35 ZR19
Rear: 11J x 19” Pirelli P Zero Corsa 295/30 ZR19
Tyre repair kit 


Rack and pinion
Column tilt and reach adjustment


Length: 4,382mm
Width: 2,022mm (including door mirrors)
Height: 1,256mm
Wheelbase: 2,600mm
Fuel Tank: 80ltrs (17.6 imp gallons)
Weight: 1,760kg

Standard Equipment

Glass switches
Carbon fibre door pulls
Leather trimmed steering wheel
Memory seats and exterior mirrors (three positions)
Sports seats with 10-way electric adjustment, including height, tilt and lumbar adjustment
Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Front Airbags
Side Airbags (Sports seats only)
Heated rear screen
Automatic temperature control
Trip computer
Cruise control
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system*
Bluetooth telephone preparation*
Powerfold exterior mirrors
Rain-sensing wipers
Rear parking sensors
Automatic headlamps
Auto-dimming interior rear view mirror
Tyre pressure monitoring*
Alarm and immobiliser
Remote-control central door locking
Battery disconnect switch
Tracking device (UK only)
160W Aston Martin Audio System
MP3 player connectivity

Optional Equipment

Carbon Fibre Interior Pack (comprising carbon fibre facia and gearshift surround)
Lightweight seats with six-way adjustment, including front and rear height adjust (does not include side airbags or passenger airbag cut-off switch)
700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby® Pro Logic II®
Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 1000W Audio System
Black Bang & Olufsen speaker grilles and acoustic lens towers
Black finish grille
Bright finish grille
Black exhaust tailpipes
Black bonnet and side strake meshes
Personalised sill plaques
Garage door opener (Europe only)
Tracking device**
First aid kit
Ashtray and cigar lighter
Boot-mounted umbrella
Front parking sensors
Reversing camera
Heated seats (Sports seats only)
ISOFIX and fixed-height passenger seat (Sports seat only)
Battery conditioner

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