Car Of The Day: 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster
The 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster made its debut back in 2022. The 2023 V12 Vantage Roadster shared much of its drivetrain and chassis upgrades with the coupe. That meant a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 from the DBS Superleggera under the hood making 690 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. It sent power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transaxle and a mechanical limited-slip differential. There was also a widened track and a revised suspension setup for more overall grip. Aston claimed a 0-60 time of 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph.
The V12 Vantage Roadster got many of the same aero changes as its hardtop sibling, including revised bumpers and underbody molding. The bumper, hood, front fenders, and side sills were all made from carbon fiber. In addition to providing a maximum of 476 pounds of downforce, the revised design also provided adequate cooling for the large power plant under that gigantic front clamshell.
Both driver and passenger took their places in the cabin on Sports Plus Seats rendered in full semi-aniline leather, featuring the Aston Martin ‘Wings’ as standard on the headrest. Further weight savings could be achieved through the optional performance seat with an exposed carbon fiber shell and manual 6-way adjustment. The hand-laid carbon fiber panel trim on the interior could even be treated to a selection of tinted lacquers, courtesy of Aston Martin’s Q personalization service that also offered exterior graphics and woven leather upholstery.
Aston built just 333 V12 Vantage coupés. The V12 Vantage Roadster was even rarer, with just 249 units made, making it an instant classic.