Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster, almost perfect…

Aston Martin has changed leadership again, as Ford passed it to an investment group chaired by Dave Richards, the proprietor of Prodrive. However, not a chance that the British producer has laid low, for production is unaffected and ideas are booming for Aston Martin, and the Vantage Roadster is solid proof.

AstonMartin Roadster - exterior

Respecting the elegant, stylish architecture line of other Aston Martin supercars, the DB9 and Vanquish, the Vantage Roadster still is embossed with it’s unique personality. It has, mostly, the same dimension and powertrain as the V8 Vantage Coupe, but it is softop, and has front and rear shear panels under the car, and stiffened doorsills and crossbeams, to compensate the loss of structural integrity from the removal of the hardtop.

When you talk about an Aston Martin, you talk about perfect balance between sheer force and elegance, in a pure British style. The engine of the Vantage Roadster is a 302-lb-ft V8, with 380 hp and 4.3 liter. Impressive. But the Vantage Roadster does need it, as it has 3770 lb curb weight, and requires 15,500 lb-ft of torque to twist the body one degree, while the DB9 requires only 11,400 lb-ft. Transmission is six-speed manual, pretty much standard for a Roadster. At test, the Vantage Roadster felt as if it had a supercharger, 75% of the engine’s total torque was available at 1500 rpm. It reached 60 mph in 4.9 sec. And despite all these performances, fuel mileage is 19 mpg, EPA combined !

AstonMartin Roadster - interior

So what can more ought to be said about this Aston Martin? Maybe some setback, or else it would be the perfect car… the Vantage Roadster will cost the buyer $126,000, base price. Sales have still been good, for such an expensive supercar, from it’s debut on the market last summer.

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