The new Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is here and it has the world’s fastest folding roof

It’s been about two years since Aston Martin introduced the redesigned V8 Vantage coupe, which was updated from the ground up. Now, the British automaker has taken the wraps off the soft-top version of the two-door sports car. Retaining all the beautiful lines from its hard-top sibling, the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster features what the company is claiming to be the fastest fully automatic soft-top foldable roof. It can open in 6.7 seconds when stationary and 6.8 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph all thanks ‘Z-fold’ roof mechanism and lightweight structural bracing. Aston Martin says the roadster weighs just 60kg (about 132lbs.) more than the coupe version.

The Vantage Roadster is powered by the same 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 as the coupe and it churns out 510ps and 685 Nm of torque. The V8 is paired to an 8-speed ZF transmission that sends the power to the rear wheels. Aston claims it can hit a top speed of 190mph and do the 0-60mph sprint in 3.7 seconds with the top pulled up. It also gets the same Adaptive Damping, Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Torque Vectoring, and Electronic Rear Diff as the coupe which have all been tuned specifically to the Roadster. “Convertible sports cars are often seen as compromised when compared to their Coupe equivalents,” said chief engineer Matt Becker, “but the Vantage Roadster remains absolutely dedicated to its mission of delivering precise, agile, and expressive handling dynamics combined with stonking straight-line performance.”

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[Via: Acquire Mag]

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