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Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster revealed, “most extreme roadster ever”

Aston Martin has unveiled a one-off Vantage that was commissioned by a private customer, called the Vantage GT12 Roadster.

Aston Martin Vantaga GT12 Roadster

It’s based on the regular GT12 coupe only it has been given a big makeover by Aston’s Q customisation division. It’s labelled, by Aston, as its most extreme roadster ever.

Under the bonnet is a 5.9-litre naturally aspirated V12 engine churning out 442kW. This is connected up to a Sportshift III seven-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive.

The engine comes with magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube, along with a full titanium exhaust system for pure lightness and that wow factor.

On the outside the roadster features the same dramatic body as the regular coupe, only there are a number of carbon fibre panels in place. Underneath was also given a unique suspension calibration to suit the drop-top.

Aston Martin Vantaga GT12 Roadster-roof

Aston says the car represents the full potential of its Q division. The division initially started to offer custom colour and trim packages, but now, the possibilities are virtually endless. Andy Palmer, company CEO, said:

“The Vantage GT12 Roadster is a hugely exciting project. Not just because it’s sensational to look at, but because it vividly demonstrates the expanded capabilities of Q by Aston Martin.”

Although the GT12 Roadster isn’t exactly a model you can pop into any Aston Martin dealer and buy, we’re sure if you’ve got the money Q division will whip up another example for you.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.