V8 Vantage Roadster 4.3 Description
In production Spring 2007 – 2008
Chassis numbers: D50008 to D11215 within the same range as the coupe
The USA is the biggest market for Aston Martin outside the UK, so it came as no surprise that the Los Angeles Motor Show in November 2006 was chosen to launch the open version of the popular V8 Vantage, named the “Roadster”. Developed from the outset alongside the V8 Vantage Coupe, the Roadster shared the unique to Aston Martin bonded aluminium VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture.
This was not the first view of the car. Surprisingly it had been glimpsed in 2003 in the background of footage shot in the AML design studio on an Aston Martin DVD available in Marks & Spencer! In that brief glimpse it was even possible to make out the twin 'humps' behind the driver and passenger not dissimilar to those seen on the DB-AR1 and which made it to through to production. The triple layered fabric roof folded totally flat, concealed by a leather covered aluminium tonneau cover. It could even be raised or lowered without manual assistance in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph.
The rigidity of the Roadster was enhanced by the use of slightly thicker gauge aluminium within parts of the VH platform and strengthened webs within the sills. This added a small weight increase of 70kg over the closed car. Whilst the stiffness of the Vantage was believed to be 27,000 Newton Metres per degree, the Roadster had a very commendable 21,000. By comparison, the original DB9 Volante was 15,500. Production began in the second quarter of 2007 carrying a UK price of £92,147 with manual transmission - an £8,000 premium over the Coupe. The Prodrive developed automated manual Sportshift transmission with paddle shift was also available as an option from launch.
The Vantage Roadster 4.3 delivered exceptional performance, which as a result of careful development and engineering ensured that it equalled that of the Coupe, with 0-62 mph achieved in 5.0 and a potential unlimited maximum speed of 175 mph.