Upon its unveiling, the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster was immediately lauded for its design and its promised performance. The world’s media recognised the elegant transition from hardtop to soft top, alongside the innovations that ensured it would be just as practical and driver-focused as the Coupé. But only recently were they granted the opportunity to find out first-hand if the Roadster delivered on that promise…
The most respected journalists from the globe’s most prestigious motoring titles finally got behind the wheel of the Vantage Roadster earlier this month and were unanimous in their praise. Top Gear magazine said: “In removing the roof, the Vantage Roadster has been able to enhance the character and sense of occasion that worked so well in the Coupe, while adding an even greater sense of fun to the mix.”
The team at MotorTrend in the US appreciated the no-compromise abilities of the Roadster, saying: “What’s meaningful—and the real appeal of the Vantage Roadster—is that in pretty much every real-world driving scenario you can think of, choosing the soft top doesn’t mean you’ve chosen the soft option.”
Powered by the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine as the Coupé, the Roadster accelerates to 62mph in 3.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 190mph with the roof raised. Weight is only up 60kg over the Coupé thanks to smart chassis revisions, an optimised exterior and a new, lighter Z-fold roof mechanism which allows the driver to raise the roof in 6.8 seconds. That makes it one of the fastest automatic automotive convertible systems on the road – perfect in case the British weather doesn’t hold out.
As the team from Car Magazine succinctly said: “It looks good, and it makes you feel good. What more do you need?”