Aston Martin has unveiled the drop-top version of its latest Vantage two-seater sports car.

Under the bonnet, the Roadster houses the same 503bhp 4.0-litre AMG-sourced twin-turbo V8 found in the standard coupe.

In terms of performance, the convertible can get from 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds and go on to a top speed of 190mph.

Compared to the coupe, the Roadster weighs 60kg more – it gets a z-fold roof mechanism which has the ‘fastest full operating cycle of any automatic automotive convertible system’, Aston Martin claims. The roof can be lowered in 6.7 seconds or raised in 6.8 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.

Andy Palmer, president and chief executive officer of Aston Martin, said: “Open-top Aston Martins are always firm favourites with our customers, so it’s very exciting to introduce the Vantage Roadster. For many, driving with the roof down is the true definition of the sports car experience as it truly brings you senses to life.”

Further to this addition to the line-up, the British manufacturer announced some new options available across the Vantage range, such as the company’s ‘vane’ grille which can be had as an extra on both the coupe and convertible.

Also being introduced – having first been only offered on the limited-edition Vantage AMR – is the manual seven-speed transmission.

Palmer added: “The Vantage has always delivered the purest of thrills, but in roadster form that adrenaline rush is set to go to the next level.”

The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster starts at £126,950 in the UK, with first deliveries set to begin during Q2 2020.