Aston Martin has unveiled its most extreme roadster ever, in the unique form of the one-off Vantage GT12 Roadster.
A tailor-made customer commission from Q by Aston Martin, the Vantage GT12 Roadster takes the original Vantage GT12 Coupe’s hardcore ethos and adds the visceral thrill of open-top driving, offering the driver an intensified sensation of exhilaration and the unfiltered fury of a 600bhp V12 soundtrack.
Conceived and delivered within a nine-month period, the Vantage GT12 Roadster draws its origins from the Vantage GT12 Coupe, with a special 600bhp version of the brand’s 6-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine mated to a 7-speed Sportshift III paddle-shift transmission. Technical highlights include magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system.
The most visible differences are the significant number of new carbon-fibre body panels, while beneath the skin, a unique suspension setup defined by Aston Martin’s in-house dynamics experts helps to ensure the Vantage GT12 Roadster shares the same exceptional handling characteristics as the Vantage GT12 Coupe.
Naturally, being a product of Q by Aston Martin, the special Roadster also features bespoke paint and trim.
The Vantage GT12 Roadster is the first time a customer has been able to call upon the full scope of Aston Martin’s design and engineering capabilities as part of the Q by Aston Martin bespoke commission service. Initially offered as a means of providing fully personalised colour and trim combinations, the service has been continually expanded.
With the incorporation of Aston Martin Advanced Operations (responsible for the original Vantage GT12 Coupe, along with low-volume in-house projects such as the Aston Martin Vulcan, Lagonda Taraf and One-77), customers can now commission highly ambitious full-scale design and engineering projects.
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