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2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster Debuts

We sometimes have a hard time keeping all of Aston Martin's models straight, so here's a rundown: the new 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster is the droptop version of the brand's smallest car, with an upgraded version of its biggest engine, a 6.0-liter V-12. That's a musclecar-like formula we can get behind, and this new model is basically a convertible version of the V12 Vantage S that debuted last year.

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S was revealed last year to essentially replace the outgoing V-12 Vantage, and the new car boasted 55 more hp and 37 lb-ft more torque than its predecessor for a total of 565 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. This same 6.0-liter V-12 carries over to the Roadster version, where it likewise mates with a one-choice-only six-speed "Sportshift III" automated manual transmission. Aston Martin says this makes for a 0-60 mph sprint of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 201 mph—that's 4 mph slower than the hardtop, but impressive nonetheless.

The slightly hampered performance is likely due to the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster's 177 lb weight gain over its hardtop equivalent. Most drivers won't be able to feel a difference between the two cars dynamically, though, as the Roadster uses the same upgraded chassis as the coupe with its adaptive dampers, carbon ceramic brakes, and hardcore Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires.

In terms of looks, the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster lives up to the high bar set by other Aston Martin droptops with its muscular, well-proportioned body complete with an aggressive set of vents and carbon fiber accents. The interior also has plenty of carbon fiber trim that can be paired with a whole host of bespoke interior upholstery and trim combinations. In fact, Aston Martin is debuting a new bespoke ordering program called the "Q by Aston Martin Collection" that allows buyers to create a unique V12 Vantage from a full palette of exterior and interior colors along with various satin, carbon fiber, and anodized finishes for various accent pieces inside and out.

Aston Martin has not yet announced pricing for the 2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster, but expect it to command a premium over the hardtop's base price of $184,995. Aston Martin says this car will go on sale in global markets later this year.