Speaking to Car Advice in Australia, Aston Martin chief creative officer Marek Reichman said that work on the drop-top Vantage is complete.
“It’s ready and waiting. We’ll show it towards the end of this year. They’re going through some of the final testing, [but] the car’s all done,” Reichman said.
It comes as no surprise that a Vantage Roadster is coming as the British car manufacturer consistently follows up its new coupe models with convertible variations. The previous-generation Aston Martin Vantage Roadster had a soft-stop and its successor is expected to retain this solution despite the popularity of folding hard-tops.
When the new Vantage Roadster does launch, it will be powered by the same (Mercedes-AMG-sourced) twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 as the coupe, which puts out 503 hp and 505 lb-ft (685 Nm) of torque and is coupled to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. That’s enough to send the Vantage coupe to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.5 seconds, but given the added weight of the Vantage Roadster it will probably be a couple tenths slower off the line.
If there’s one Vantage model which we’re looking forward to more than the Roadster, it would have to be a new V12-powered version. Car Advice quizzed Reichman about the possibility of a new V12 Vantage, but the executive simply laughed and said “it would be a good idea.”