JULY 2014 – Like the Little Black Dress, drop top two-seater cars seemingly never go out of style, their impracticality be damned.
Just like that famous garment, everyone makes them, but they’re not all made equal. As the British automaker, Aston Martin ably demonstrates with the release of their most powerful roadster to date, the V12 Vantage S Roadster.
Aston Martin Director of Design, Marek Reichman, says of their new car: “The V12 Vantage S Roadster is the mechanical embodiment of our company’s exceptional spirit.
“Beautiful, powerful and spirited it is as spectacular to listen to as it is to look at. The new roadster is truly a treat for the senses with, underlying all this, the capacity to deliver one of the most dynamic, exciting and stirring driving experiences in our current range.
“I’m sure the V12 Vantage S Roadster will appeal to luxury sports car enthusiasts worldwide who want to add a truly exceptional new model to their garage.”
It is undeniably a powerful machine, but the British carmaker has taken care to present that power in a package that does their legacy of luxury justice. The new Roadster retains the same compact proportions of its predecessor while features such as the pronounced bonnet louvres, optional bold graphics and flared wheel arches give it a bit of individual distinction.
The interior reflects the cars eye-catching exterior, the cabin styled to showcase its powerful nature. New-style seat trim and door trims, with Sport and carbon fibre lightweight seat options, presents the buyer with an exciting array of choices.
For this particular Roadster, the famed Gaydon, Warwickshire company is introducing the Q by Aston Martin Collection, which will comprise a series of bespoke features that are entirely in keeping with the character of the car.
For V12 Vantage S Roadster this includes a palette of bold exterior and interior colours; body coloured carbon bonnet louvres; a red tint or satin finish to the carbon fibre elements on the exterior and interior of the car; a full carbon fibre centre console, black anodised and machined rotary controls and a steering wheel with a leather on-centre stripe in the chosen interior accent colour.
Marek Reichman added: “The new V12 Vantage S Roadster not only looks the part, but has been engineered and built to showcase the ethos of Aston Martin: power, beauty and soul.
“We believe that it is a truly exceptional sports car, with the capacity to set pulses racing just by its sound alone. The authentic appeal of its style, performance, quality and craftsmanship ensure its stands head and shoulders above others in its sector and delivers that most precious of experiences – fun – in abundance!”