2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster review
Words by Nathan Irvine
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It really doesn’t matter how many times I hear the grunts and pops from the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster’s exhaust, I still want more. The cacophony that’s created when you feather the accelerator pedal and the V8 engine roars is incredibly addictive. Well, probably not to my neighbours whose curtains twitched somewhat aggressively whenever I fired it up, but, well, inside the car is different.
Aston Martin has once again created a monster. Improving on the last Vantage Roadster is no mean feat, mind. But this updated version delivers a moreish driving experience that’s as pure as it is thrilling.
It’s a like a US muscle car, but with sexier lines. The guttural V8 grunts and acceleration that throws you back into the seats is the mark of the beast. But the beauty comes from an exterior that draws admiring glances wherever it goes. It’s short and stocky and sits low on enormous rims, but the chassis looks sleek and elegant, and is fitted with a wide mouth grille that sucks up the road as it powers along. It’s the very definition of a head turner.
The Vantage Roadster still uses a cloth top instead of a mechanical hard top. This has allowed Aston Martin to produce the fastest folding drop-top around. At speeds of under 60kmh it will fold up or down in under four seconds – perfect for when a sandstorm suddenly kicks in.
In terms of driving, the Vantage Roadster handles like a dream. It belies its chunky size as the handling feels super-responsive at all speeds and clings to asphalt like a limpet to a ship.
Punching the gas and unleashing the power of the V8 engine gives off the kind of thrill usually reserved for roller coasters. That fizzy feeling in the pit of your stomach as the Vantage Roadster pins you back is worth the price tag alone.