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2006-11-30 08:10

New Vantage Roadster unveiled in LA

British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has lifted the lid on one of the most eagerly anticipated convertibles of the year when the V8 Vantage Roadster was revealed at the 2006 Los Angeles Motor Show.

The new Vantage Roadster is uncompromisingly modern yet also incorporates classic Aston Martin design cues.

The elegant lines are fused with traditional craftsmanship and striking 21st century style, with an interior hand-trimmed and finished in the finest quality genuine materials.

The Vantage Roadster will be built at Aston Martin?s global headquarters at Gaydon, near Warwickshire in the UK, joining the current Aston Martin line-up.

This now comprises the flagship Vanquish S, the elegant DB9 and the agile V8 Vantage Coupe.

This cabrio's three-layer fabric roof opens up in 18 seconds.

Developed from the outset alongside the V8 Vantage Coupe which was launched in 2005, the Roadster shares the unique-to-Aston Martin bonded aluminium VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture ? the backbone to all modern Aston Martins.

Adding to this structure, sophisticated materials such as lightweight alloys, magnesium and advanced composites are used for the body, further contributing to the car's low weight and high rigidity.

The Vantage Roadster delivers great performance ensuring that the Roadster equals the achievements of its Coupe sibling, with 0-100km/h achieved in 5.0 seconds and a potential maximum speed of 280km/h.


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