One-off Roadster Aston Martin’s ‘most extreme’

  • Private commission delivered by Q by Aston Martin Advanced
  • Most extreme roadster yet produced by Aston Martin
  • Showcase for Q by Aston Martin’s ‘bespoke’ capability
2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster
2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster Image: Aston Martin/Newspress

GOODWOOD, England – Aston Martin has unveiled its most extreme roadster yet- a one-off Vantage GT12 Roadster tailor-made made by Q by Aston Martin for a special customer – at the Goodwood show.

“The Vantage GT12 Roadster,” Aston says, “has taken the original Vantage GT12 Coupe’s hardcore ethos and added the visceral thrill of open-top driving to give the driver intensified exhilaration and the unfiltered fury of a 450kW V12 soundtrack.

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster
2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

The car drew its origin from a Vantage GT12 Coupe with a special 450kW version of the brand’s six-litre V12 and a seven-speed Sportshift III paddle-shift transmission. “Technical highlights,” Aston explained, “include magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a light magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system.”

The most visible differences come from a significant number of new carbon-fibre body panels; beneath them is a unique suspension defined by Aston Martin’s in-house dynamics experts to make sure the Roadster shares the exceptional handling of the Vantage GT12 Coupe.”

The paint finish and trim are unique to the car..

The GT12 Roadster claims to be “a significant landmark”… the first time a customer has been able to call on the full scope of Aston Martin’s design and engineering capabilities as part of the Q by Aston Martin commission service.

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster
2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

QAM started to provide personalised colour and trim then expanded. 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.

David King, vice-president and chief special operations boss, told The Corner in a media release: “Aston Martin has a growing reputation for building ambitious commissions, perhaps the best example being the spectacular CC100 Speedster Concept.

“We’ve also become a world leader in ultra-low volume projects with cars such as the One-77, Lagonda Taraf and Aston Martin Vulcan, while the Vantage GT12 and Vantage GT8 show how far we can take our series production models.

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“The GT12 Roadster is the first project to combine all of these skills in one magnificent car. In nine months we took a customer’s dream and realised it with an exactingly engineered and fully road-legal one-off.

“That’s the essence of the Q by Aston Martin service.”

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster
2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s president and CEO, commented: “The Vantage GT12 Roadster is a hugely exciting project. Not just because it’s sensational to look at but also because it vividly demonstrates the expanded capabilities of Q by Aston Martin.

“By incorporating AM’s exceptional engineering capabilities of Aston Martin Advanced Operations within the Q by Aston Martin commissioning service we have a truly formidable creative team.”

The company did not elaborate on the customer’s identity or how much was paid for the car.

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster
2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster Image: Aston Martin / Newspress

 

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