It messes with body rigidity, slows you down, and generally makes the car worse at laying quick laps. But what a wealthy customer wants, a wealthy customer gets, and the latest example of that is this—the Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster. Normally, you don’t want to cut the roof off a track-focused car.
The car it’s based on, the Vantage GT12, is the most hardcore Aston Martin Vantage you can buy, second only to the ultra-limited-edition Vulcan in Aston’s lineup. Its naturally-aspirated V12 engine makes 595 horsepower, 461 lb.-ft. of torque, and one incredible noise. Oh, does it sound good. But that’s not all: the Vantage is also covered in new carbon fiber panels and a titanium exhaust pipe.
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Apparently one customer loved that exhaust note so much, it was worth paying Aston Martin to build one with no roof to block that sound. We can’t blame that customer one bit.
As far as cost, well, we suspect commissioning a one-off Aston Martin doesn’t come cheaply. Unless you consider $340,000 a deal.
And if you’re at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, be sure to check it out while it’s on display.
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