Bespoke roadster ‘most extreme Aston yet’

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Aston Martin has unveiled a bespoke model described as the brand’s ‘most extreme roadster ever’.

The Vantage GT12 Roadster has debuted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex.

The car is a specific customer commission and was created over nine months by the brand’s specialist department Q by Aston Martin. Reputedly the customer has paid a premium to ensure no more examples of the GT12 Roadster are made.

Inspired by the Vantage GT12 Coupe built by Aston Martin Advanced Operations, the Roadster is powered by a 596bhp version of the Vantage’s 6-litre V12 engine matched to a seven-speed paddle shift transmission.

The body gains carbon-fibre panels finished in a bespoke paint finish, while the suspension is also specifically set up for the car.

According to its creators the GT12 Roadster is a prime example of the one-off projects that Aston Martin can now create for its customers. “Aston Martin has a growing reputation of building ambitious commissions for customers, perhaps the best example being the spectacular CC100 Speedster Concept,” says the brand’s chief special operations officer David King.

“We have also become world leaders in ultra-low volume projects with cars such as the One-77, Lagonda Taraf and Aston Martin Vulcan, while the Vantage GT12 and Vantage GT8 show how far we can take our series production models,” he adds.

According to King the GT12 Roadster is the first project to combine all of the skill sets in one magnificent car; “In just nine-months we took a customer’s dream and realised it, with a fully-formed, exactingly engineered and fully road-legal one-off – that is the essence of the Q by Aston Martin service”.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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