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Aston Martin Previews New V8 Vantage Roadster, Matte Paint Looks Marvelous

Introduced towards the end of 2017 with a starting price of $149,995 in the United States, the V8 Vantage with the Mercedes-AMG engine will receive a soft-top convertible in 2020. The order books open in the spring, and the V8 Vantage Roadster certainly looks the part in this preview photo.
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The LED taillights, quad-tipped exhaust system, generous aerodynamic diffuser, side profile, and angle of the A-pillars are more or less the same as the fixed-head coupe. What stands out is the different rear deck and trunk lid, glass wind deflector, and headrest support bars for roll-over protection.

Looking closer at the left-hand prototype, you can further tell that the canvas roof fixes into place rather easily. A button/switch should do the trick as opposed to what you might find in the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and all in all, Aston Martin’s designers came up with a pretty beautiful and luxurious sports car.

Switching from a hardtop to an electrically retractable soft top translates to more weight, more so if you remember that additional structural strengthening is required. These changes should impact the go-faster traits of the V8 Vantage, which tips the scales at 1,530 kilograms (3,373 pounds).

There shouldn’t be any difference in the engine department, but chances are the Graziano seven-speed manual transmission with a dog-leg pattern will return for a second batch of the Vantage AMR. The M177 twin-turbocharged V8 is rated at 510 PS (503 horsepower) and 685 Nm (505 pound-feet) of torque, channeled to the rear wheels by the 8HP from ZF Friedrichshafen.

The DB11 shares the Second Century bonded-aluminum platform with the V8 Vantage, and the engineers achieved a 50:50 weight distribution for superlative handling. It remains to be seen if the soft-top roof will change the ratio, but nevertheless, would you even consider the F-Type SVR Convertible over this fellow here if Jaguar were to adopt a twin-turbo V8 from BMW?


 

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