Aston Martin V8-Vantage Roadster Review

By Amithash Bhatt   |  July 5, 2013


When an extremely elegant leisure drive car comes with a powerful drivetrain, which is armed with the most advanced equipment and is engineered to excel on every bit of tarmac, the automobile simply takes the name Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster. Every inch of this car displays heritage of the grand brand - Aston Martin, which has mastered the skill of sports car making for over a century’s period. Built to handle brilliantly and deliver most delightful drives, the V8 Vantage Roadster speaks of a design philosophy where the lines and curves exude vibes of exquisiteness while their shapes break the rules of air resistance, making the car exceptionally dynamic. Fabric top of the Roadster can neatly hide under the tonneau or cover the cabin simply through push of a button.

This roadster not only has a lavishly built sculpture, but also includes loads of equipment in its options list to let owners customise cars as per their taste. There are about 22 colour shades to make this already beautiful car, even more appealing.

Powertrain & Performance

To boost the agility of Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, the company has used all-alloy body which reduces weight to great extent and also increases solidness of the car. Further, with low coefficient of drag, aerodynamics of the automobile stands excellent making it quicker. The 4.7L V8 powerhouse is hand assembled and is designed to generate a massive power of 420 bhp @ 7300 rpm. Torque response is quick and the automobile simply takes off to high speeds right from lower revolutions of rpm scale. The maximum torque output from this motor is 470 Nm @ 5000 rpm.

Suspension system for the roadster is designed for more sportiness and greater handling. Independent double wishbone type suspension with anti-dive geometry for front and anti-squat feature for rear controls the behaviour of automobile giving more confidence to the driver.

Build & Styling

The build of Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster comprises of alloy made structure for greater strength and less weight. This structure is finely engineered to comprise of aerodynamic characteristics. Lines extending over bonnet add more sportiness and the windscreen has large screen angle ——— typical for sports car attitude. Air vents and scoops on the body not only increase dynamics but are styled to add more aggression to the classy roadster. While bold character lines on sides of the body give it a sportier stature, shut lines are barely visible adding to the aesthetics of the roadster. The highlight comes out to be the soft-top which comes to position or gets back into tonneau automatically through push of a button.

Interior of Aston Martin cars are most delicately designed parts where the brand employs traditional methods of craftsmanship to bring in luxuriousness of the elite class. Leather upholstery fabricated around the seats, steering wheel, dashboard and other parts uses fine quality threads to make the cabin more appealing. Graphite trim is used over centre console which fits audio system and control buttons for other equipment. The instrument cluster has Organic Electroluminescent displays giving a different appeal to the panel. Automatic AC and 160W Aston Martin brand audio system comes out as standard equipment for the roadster.

A powerful roadster, which displays on-road aggression through its performance, deserves a nest of safety equipment to keep itself away from dangers. Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is full of resources in this regard, being equipped with Dynamic Stability Control, Traction Control, Positive Torque Control and other systems which monitor the action of various performing parts. Having a strong build which cautiously includes crumple zones and impact beams, the car also has sensors which can sense rollover situation to actuate two roll-hoops to protect driver and passenger. The roadster also has airbags for both driver and passenger to guard them from injuries during accidents.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Lightweight alloy body structure
    •  DSC
    •  Full grain leather upholstery
  • Cons

    • Expensive