Thursday, September 10, 2009
When it comes to special edition luxury cars, the name Neiman Marcus usually rings a bell. However, this time ‘round, the guys at luxury lifestyle magazine Robb Report have managed to get their hands on a small run of custom Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadsters.
As if the svelte roadster wasn’t special enough, Robb Report, in collaboration with Aston Martin, has seen fit to create a version of its airy two-seater that takes exclusivity to new heights. Created to mark the car’s strong performance in this year’s Best of the Best judging, only seven examples will be produced, each with a unique build plate starting from “001” and ending with the ultra-cool “007”.
All seven cars will also feature a striking triple-black color scheme--body, roof, and interior--as well as some unique chrome and glossy black wood veneer trim elements. There’s also a three-spoke steering wheel borrowed from the V-12-powered DBS flagship and a bespoke luggage set designed exclusively for the Robb Report cars.
Under the hood remains the 420 horsepower 4.7-liter V-8 engine from the standard Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, which you can read about in our review by clicking here. Matched to a paddle-actuated six-speed automatic Sport Shift Transmission, the all-black roadster will hit 60 mph from rest in just 4.7 seconds and reach a top speed in excess of 180 mph.