The 2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is here, drop-dead gorgeous looks, a raucous twin-turbocharged V8, a posh interior, and even a sporty seven-speed manual option. Features a fabric top that can be lowered in just 6.7 seconds when the car is stationary or in 6.8 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h). This makes it the fastest folding automatic soft-top in the industry.

Joining the Vantage coupe that was launched two years ago in 2018, the Vantage Roadster also has the 4.0-liter, twin-turbo and AMG-sourced V8 that puts out 510 PS (503 horsepower). This engine is coupled to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels, accelerating the car through to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, just 0.2 seconds slower than the Vantage with a fixed roof. The Roadster will continue accelerating through to 190 mph.

The 2021 model year also sees the full Vantage range available with a cleaner, more streamlined front fascia with a traditional egg-crate grille. The previous design, with its extended grille surround, is still available. Other changes for 2021 include new patterns and colors for the wheels. The droptop gets additional bracing and borrows the same adaptive suspension, torque vectoring, and electronic rear differential as the coupe. Not to mention it still offers the choice of three driving modes: Sport, Sport + and Track.

“Convertible sports cars are often seen as compromised when compared to their Coupe equivalents, but the Vantage Roadster remains absolutely dedicated true to its mission of delivering precise, agile and expressive handling dynamics combined with stonking straight-line performance,” Aston Martin chief engineer Matt Becker said of the car. “And of course, there’s the added dimension of driving a great-sounding sports car with the roof down”.

The Vantage Roadster starts at $161,000 in the U.S. First deliveries are expected to start during the second quarter of this year. Discover Opulent Club on Apple News.

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