Aston Martin dropped its most extreme roadster ever in the unique form of the one-off Vantage GT12 Roadster. A tailor made customer commission undertaken by Q by Aston Martin, the Vantage GT12 Roadster takes the original Vantage GT12 Coupe’s hardcore ethos and adds the visceral thrill of open-top driving, offering the driver an intensified sensation of exhilaration and the unfiltered fury of a 600 horsepower V12.
The bespoke “Q” design adds carbon-fiber body panels, magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system.
While beneath the skin a unique suspension set-up defined by Aston Martin’s in-house dynamics experts, helps ensure the Vantage GT12 Roadster exceptional handling. The Roadster also features bespoke paint and trim.
Conceived and delivered within a nine-month period, the Vantage GT12 Roadster draws its origins from the Vantage GT12 Coupe. Its V12 boasts a special 600 horsepower version of the brand’s 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine matched to a seven-speed Sportshift IIItm automatic transmission with paddle-shifters.
The Vantage GT12 Roadster is a significant landmark, for it is the first time a customer has been able to call upon the full scope of Aston Martin’s design and engineering capabilities as part of the Q by Aston Martin bespoke commission service.
With the incorporation of Aston Martin Advanced Operations – the team responsible for the original Vantage GT12 Coupe, along with low volume in-house projects such as the Aston Martin Vulcan, Lagonda Taraf and One-77 – customers can now commission highly ambitious full-scale design and engineering projects.
“The GT12 Roadster is the first project to combine all of those skill sets in one magnificent car.” says David King, vice president and chief special operations officer. “In just 9 months, we’ve created a fully-formed, exactingly engineered and fully road-legal one-off that’s the essence of the Q by Aston Martin service.”
By combining the exceptional engineering capabilities of Aston Martin Advanced Operations with the Q by Aston Martin bespoke commissioning service Aston Martin has an exciting design team poised to create more exclusive whips.