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Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster is 007’s Perfect Summer Cruiser

If the world’s best-known secret agent decides to take a holiday, we’d wager that Bond would fancy something fast and loud as his holiday wheels. Turns out the folks at Aston Martin have built just that with the gloriously overpowered V12 Vantage roadster. While other supercar makers are talking about downsizing in hushed tones, Aston Martin decided to shove its 5.2-litre Twin-Turbo V12 engine into the compact yet pugnacious Vantage Roadster.

As a result, the car looks pumped up and has been dipped in performance-oriented visual upgrades which do justice to its mighty engine. Just like the Aston Martin V12 Vantage coupe, the Roadster version gets a widebody design along with a wide track suspension but without looking like a caricature of its former self. It is not too loud but purposeful enough to let the curious on-lookers know that it is not the V8 version- as if the engine note wouldn’t tell that in the first place.

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Hence, that epic powertrain is the star of the show with developing 700PS at 6500 rpm and 753Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. A power-to-weight ratio of 372PS-per-ton enables this roofless wonder to rocket from rest to 60mph in just 3.5sec and with a top speed of 200mph. There is no manual gearbox on offer but top-down at such speeds already poses a lot of entertainment for the driver to be engrossed in. Instead, the V12 Vantage Roadster gets a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and mechanical Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) mounted at the rear along with a pure front-mid-engined rear-wheel drive layout.

Bespoke tuned adaptive dampers, sharper steering and Carbon Ceramic Brakes will also enable Bond to get away from baddies if at all he encounters them on his vacation. As is the case with all supercars, the front bumper, clamshell bonnet, front fenders and side sills are all made from carbon fibre along with other components made from weight-saving composite material.

That’s not all as there is also a carbon fibre performance seat with exposed twill carbon fibre shell and manual 6-way adjustment available as an option which saves near 8kgs.

Lucky owners can also customize their V12 Vantage roadster via the ‘Q’ bespoke division within Aston Martin. Speaking of which, only 249 of these topless rockets would be made and all are sold out which only signifies that this car is a potential classic in the making and a collector’s item thanks to being the last hurrah for the V12 Aston Vantage.

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Somnath Chatterjee

Somnath Chatterjee is an experience car journalist and automotive expert. His supercar reviews, interviews and industry features have appeared in global publications such as Upscale living, Robb Report and Yahoo Lifestyle Asia. Somnath specialises in luxury and lifestyle-oriented features with a focus on automobiles, aviation and luxury. He also holds a Post Graduate in International Business from the University of Dehli.