Aston Martin unveils Vantage Roadster

Pricing starts at $161,000 for 190-mph droptop 2-seater

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Aston Martin Vantage Roadster has MSRP of $161,000 | Aston Martin Lagonda photos

Aston Martin has unveiled its new Vantage Roadster, which it claims is fast on the road as well as dropping its top.

The automaker says the car’s 4.0-liter, 510-horsepower twin-turbocharged V8 and 8-speed ZF automatic transmission can propel it to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 190 mph. 

It also says the convertible top can power down in less than 7 seconds, “the fastest for any fully automatic automotive convertible roof.” The top can be raised or lowered at speeds up to 50 k/ph (31 mph), the company added.

Pricing in the American market starts at $161,000 with deliveries beginning in the second quarter of 2020.

The coupe version of the car was unveiled in 2018. “This convertible model amplifies the emotional appeal of a model renowned for delivering a compelling blend of potent performance, outstanding dynamics and everyday usability,” Aston Martin Lagonda said in its announcement.

The company says the convertible adds only 60 kilograms of weight and “shares the Vantage Coupe’s absolute commitment to driving thrills.”

The Roadster offers Sport, Sport+ and Track chassis and powertrain modes, giving the car “a tremendous breadth of ability and feels equally at home on road or race track.”

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As part of the automaker’s 70th anniversary celebration, the Roadster or the Coupe can be equipped with an optional “vane” grille rather than the “hunter” grille that has been standard on the Coupe.  Coupe buyers also can opt for a 7-speed manual transmission. 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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