Aston Martin Vantage Roadster
MOTOR Magazine Australia|December 2020
Is the drop-top V8 an open-and-shut case?
James Dennison
ENGINE 3982cc V8, DOHC, 32v, twin turbo

POWER 375kW @ 6000rpm

TORQUE 685Nm @ 2000-5000rpm

0-100KM/H 3.7sec (claimed)

WEIGHT 1780kg [est]

PRICE $314,635

LIKE: Overall body rigidity; soundtrack; speed of roof operation; new grille design

DISLIKE: Interior still looks lumpy; weight; wind buffeting at speed

EVEN BY THE standards of 2020, it’s been an eventful few months at Aston Martin. Major accounting errors, departing CEOs and dipping share prices have taken their toll, yet – on the surface at least – things now appear to be looking up. New money and investment from Lawrence Stroll, as well as a formidable CEO in the shape of Tobias Moers mean Aston is finally on firmer ground, while the overdue DBX SUV has arrived to rave reviews.

In the cacophony, the Vantage Roadster has almost been overlooked. The smallest, sportiest and cheapest convertible Aston that you can buy, it aims to take customers away from the likes of Jaguar’s F-Type Convertible and, crucially, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet. No mean feat, that.

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