Welcome to the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster – TopGear – TopGear magazine France

It was only a matter of time: two years after its launch, the Aston Martin Vantage took off the top.

As you can see, the main difference is that there is no longer a roof. Finally yes, but it is made of fabric, and retractable. According to the brand, it is even the fastest electric convertible top in the world, capable of folding up in 6.7 s and deploying in a tenth more, up to 50 km / h. It’s longer than with the manual hood of a Mazda MX-5 and a little bit of elbow grease, but you’ll still be happy if there is a surprise downpour in the middle of August.

It will also be necessary to deal with a trunk amputated by a third (200 l instead of 300). The brand promises that it remains welcoming enough for a golf bag and its accessories (divorce papers included?).

Mechanically, R.A.S. We find the AMG 4-liter V8 biturbo, still developing 510 hp and 685 Nm at the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF auto gearbox. Only 60 kg heavier than the coupe, the Vantage Roadster loses a small tenth on 0 to 100 km / h (3.8 s) and 8 km / h at top speed (306 km / h) with the hood in place . Aston did not release figures in the open configuration. Pfff, we will still have to do the test ourselves…

Aston Martin took the opportunity to introduce a new grille, more classic than the grille with integrated spoiler which had characterized the last Vantage since its launch (and which remains in the catalog, on the coupé and on the Roadster). Still imposing but a little less aggressive, more sculpted, it is close to that of the DB11, or the DB10 of James Bond which had inspired the design of the Vantage.

Announced for the second quarter of 2020, the launch of this convertible version appears relatively anecdotal in the tumult of recent Aston Martin news. Financially very bad, especially because of the poor scores of the Vantage, the brand was drafted by the Canadian Lawrence Stroll, who injected 500 million euros while announcing the birth in 2021 of the Aston stable Martin F1 on the bases of Racing Point (where his offspring Lance officiates). Keep your fingers crossed that the launch of the DBX SUV will help reverse the trend and bring the Valkyrie, Valhalla and Vanquish to a successful conclusion …

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