Fast Review of 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster

We didn’t think the Brits had it in ’em. Just as we thought their recent Aston Martin GT12 hit the peak of the ballistic scale, along came this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to introduce us to the special scalebreaking Vantage GT12 Roadster.

Seems like a rare case of – well played Poms. Powering this smooth open-top is a 6.0 litre V12 mated up to a Sportshift III transmission, which sends 591 nasty ponies to the rear wheels, and achieves zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds – one tenth off the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GTR.

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Underneath the well-sculpted bod is a GT3-derived suspension, boasting the lowest ride height ever to be offered on a production Aston. Oh, and that sexy aerodynamic kit you’re perving on provides buckets of extra downforce, while big carbon ceramic brakes slam steady on any triple-digit speeds.

The interior isn’t the same bared-out monster that the GT3 race car is, but with Apple CarPlay installed you wouldn’t be expecting anything else.

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This is one awesome machine – with one being the operative word. Being a model from Aston’s bespoke Q division, one certain customer with specific tastes, and plenty of cash, commissioned it for themselves, and Aston delivered. Bugger, just as we got out our cheque books, too.

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SPECIFICATIONS


Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster

aston-martin-vantage-GT12-roadster-2016-5Price: $1milion (est)
Engine: naturally-aspired, 5.9litre, 12cyl
Transmission: Sportshift III, 7speed automatic
Power: 591bhp
Torque: 461lb ft
0-100km/h: 3.7sec
Top speed: 290 km/h

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