The 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster has just made its debut at the ongoing Monterey Speed Week. Aston Martin’s open-top version of the V12 Vantage packs 690 horsepower, but you’re out of luck if you want one–even if you can afford it. Only 249 units will be made, and all have already been sold.
Let’s start with what’s powering this thing, which is the brand’s iconic 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 that produces 690 hp and 753 Nm of torque. This is all sent to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic and a proper mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD). With this powertrain setup, the V12 Vantage Roadster can sprint from 0-100 kph in just 3.5 seconds, which is similar to the coupe despite being slightly heavier due to a convertible’s need for added rigidity.
Speaking of weight, just like the coupe, having a bigger V12 engine as opposed to the standard Vantage’s V8 means that it weighs a heck of a lot more. To counter the added weight, the front bumper, hood, fenders, side sills, rear bumper, and trunk are made out of either carbon fiber or composite material. You also get a carbon brake package as standard that’s lighter by 23 kg over the steel brakes, while the lightweight stainless steel exhaust further reduces weight by 7.2 kg. You can further reduce its weight by opting for the carbon seat package, which further reduces weight by 7.3 kg.
Despite that, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster still weighs 1,855 kg versus the coupe’s 1,795 kg or the standard V8 Roadster’s 1,628 kg. It’s also worth pointing out that the V12 Vantage Roadster gets its own bespoke tuning for the adaptive dampers, but the same steering calibration as the coupe.
As with the coupe, the V12 Vantage Roadster is distinguished by its significantly wider front and rear fenders, which are 40 mm wider than the standard Vantage. The front end likewise comes with a splitter for better aerodynamics, along with a 25 percent larger grille for better cooling and a horse-shoe vent on the hood.
Moving towards the side, we can see its extended side sills that kick upward towards the fender vents, and this continue goes all the way to the rear diffuser of the vehicle. 21-inch wheels come as standard, and these can be finished in satin black, diamond-turned satin black, or forged alloy wheels that are 8 kg lighter than the standard alloys.
Lastly, the rear end of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is very similar to the coupe, though, for the Roadster, the spoiler is now optional. Aston Martin says that regardless if it has a wing or not, the underbody of the vehicle already provides sufficient stability.
Moving towards the interior, you’ll appreciate the beauty of the Sports Plus seats that are upholstered in semi-aniline leather that comes with “wings” quilting and perforations. As mentioned, you can opt for the lighter carbon seat package, but considering this car’s target audience, we’re willing to bet that most if not all of the 249 future owners already went towards the Q personalization program route when they ordered their V12 Vantage Roadster.
Production of the 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is set to commence in the third quarter of this year, with deliveries scheduled to begin as soon as the fourth quarter of 2022.