The 2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster Packs 503 HP and an Ultra-Fast Folding Top

After months of waiting, Aston Martin has finally revealed a convertible version of its entry-level Vantage coupe. The 2021 Vantage Roadster packs the same AMG-sourced twin-turbo V-8 engine as its hardtop brethren, and packs a soft top that can fold in under seven seconds.

Power from that 4.0-liter engine under the hood is unchanged, at 503 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 505 lb.-ft. of torque at 2000-5000 rpm. As standard, it sends power to the rear wheels via a rear-mounted eight-speed automatic. Sadly, the seven-speed manual originally introduced on the Vantage AMR isn’t available as an option. Features like the adaptive damping, torque vectoring, and electronic limited-slip differential are still included. The suspension and traction system have been retuned for the Roadster body.

The Vantage Roadster’s Z-folding soft top can fold down in 6.7 seconds and up in 6.8 seconds which, according to Aston Martin, makes it the quickest automatic folding soft top ever put into a production car. Despite the reworked structural panels and chassis components to compensate for the lack of a roof, the company says there’s “no compromise to feel or refinement.” There’s even still enough space for a full-size golf bag in the trunk.

The added complexity hasn’t slowed the Vantage Roadster down much, either. The 0-60 mph sprint happens in just 3.7 seconds (just 0.1 seconds off the coupe) and hits a top speed of 190 mph with the top raised.

The 2021 Vantage Roadster will start at $161,000, with deliveries beginning in quarter two of 2020. We can’t wait to get our hands on one.

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