Aston Martin unveils 201-mph V-12 sports car

Aston Martin hopes that a lot of cylinders and an open roof will add up to interest in its latest sports car.

It's the 2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster, a follow up to the coupe that the brand introduced in 2013.

At its heart, it's about the engine. This new Vantage is powered by a 565-horsepower Aston Martin 6-litre V-12 capable of a maximum speed of 201 miles per hour. It darts from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. It comes with an "auto-shift manual" transmission.

The suspension employs three-stage adaptive damping. Drivers can choose between Normal, Sport and Track modes, including changing the amount of power assistance in steering. Sport mode also changes throttle response, gearshift speed and timing, and exhaust note.

The car is pretty, too.

"The V12 Vantage S Roadster is the mechanical embodiment of this company's exceptional spirit," says Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's director of design.


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