Aston Martin's new entry-level convertible, the V8 Vantage Roadster, will have its world premiere at the L.A. Auto Show on November 29.
Based on the V8 Vantage Coupe, it features a triple-layed fabric hood that folds flat beneath a tonneau cover into the trunk space. The process takes 18 seconds in either direction, and works at speeds of up to 30 mph.
The car's performance figures are identical to the Coupe, with a 0-62 mph time of five seconds and a top speed of 175 mph.
The cabrio will be available with two transmission alternatives from launch. Offered as standard will be the six-speed manual gearbox, but also available will be the company's new Sportshift automated manual transmission, with paddleshifters.
Prices will be announced closer to the car's expected showroom debut in the spring.
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