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2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster review

Words by Nathan Irvine

Look of love

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.

In Pictures. 2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

Photos. Aston Martin Middle East


A delight from all angles


A delight from all angles


Wonderfully hand-stitched interiors


Magic at your fingertips


Magic at your fingertips


Roof up or roof down, it looks gorgeous

Snail's pace

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.

It looks like a beast

Sporty spice

There are three flavours of driving modes: Sport, Sport+ and Track. You’re only really going to use the latter on a closed circuit, so I was switching between the two Sports. The difference is not only in the power, but in the audible sounds from the exhausts. Sport is angry, but Sport+ adds more ferocity to the noise with those aforementioned pops and grunts it also helps to hit warp speed much quicker too.

Although driving fast is what a sports car of this ilk is all about, I found myself wanting to cruise along a lot of the time. People are drawn to the sound of the engine first and then to its gorgeous looks.

Colleagues, friends and neighbours (not the curtain twitchers) were captivated by it and couldn’t wait for a spin around the block. And this is what you’re paying for really. Sure, it’s great to go fast, but the only person that’s going to see you then is the person sifting through the images from speed cameras. No, owning an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is a source of pride, and driving slow so people can hear and see the car is what it’s all about.

2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is available now from AED 706,410.

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