Since the new generation of the model’s initial release in 2005, Aston Martin’s Vantage has stood as an important member of the elite British automaker’s lineup, with the Vantage moniker dating back to the 1950s. And with 2020 marking the 70th year since the release of the first-ever Vantage, the Warwickshire marque has overhauled the entire Vantage range for the 2021 model year, including the introduction of the new Vantage Roadster.
This speedy convertible features an AMG-sourced twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 that’s married to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission, though the company is also offering an optional seven-speed manual setup. Putting down an impressive 503hp and 505ft-lbs of torque, the eight-cylinder Aston is good for top speeds of 190mph and 0-60mph times of 3.7 seconds. It’s new “Z-Fold” roof arrangement is also able to fully open or close in under seven seconds, making it the fastest of any automatic roof on the market and only adding 132lbs to the equation. And in addition to a new array of wheel and body color options, the Vantage Roadster is being offered with an optional “vane” grille — a blatant nod to Aston Martin’s historic mid-century DB models. The 2021 Vantage Roadster starts at $161,000 and is expected to begin deliveries in Q2 of 2020.