Racing champion Andy Priaulx takes the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster for a test drive and is heartened to find it stays true to the brand’s sporting heritage while offering a powerful, smooth and intuitive drive for every terrain.
The name Aston Martin is synonymous with style, so it’s not surprising that this car looks stunning. On first impressions, it’s clearly been very well worked out with a sleek, streamlined exterior that offers a nod to its dynamism and performance capability.
Inside, the interior is really racy, with the stylish cream leather finish nicely set off by the steering wheel’s carbon trim. The electric seats and everything within the cockpit, including the paddles, are perfectly positioned for full adjustability for all the modes and maximum driveability.
I love this car’s positivity and this shines through with its different driving modes. The Sport mode makes for a versatile and smooth driving experience, which would be great for urban environments, but also suits windy coastal roads perfectly. From a suspension perspective, it takes the bumps really progressively for a comfortable ride across more demanding terrain. Its throttle is smooth and linear and the upshifts are nice and seamless, while the acceleration is refreshingly slick and progressive.
“The name Aston Martin is synonymous with style, so it’s not surprising that this car looks stunning.”
The Sport Plus and Track modes are where this car really comes alive and shows its performance capability, in my opinion. In these drive settings, the upshifts and downshifts are impressively fluid with a snappy punch to them. The throttle is sharp and quick, providing instant power when accelerating with plenty of torque. As you accelerate, you can feel the car stiffen as the steering becomes pointier and more targeted. Additionally, the 4.0 litre V8 Twin Turbo engine crackles on the overrun when slowing down, which is a nice, racy touch.
“There’s a lovely, silky drivability to this model, you feel that it covers all scenarios nicely, but the
thing that strikes me the most is the strength of Aston Martin’s racing heritage in its design”.
This model has a lovely, silky drivability, covering all scenarios nicely. However, what strikes me the most is the strength of Aston Martin’s racing heritage in its design. I’ve raced against this car in Le Mans with a Ford GT and can feel that the suspension and vehicle dynamics have been well set up. The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster not only looks stunning, but its Mercedes engine sounds throaty and the gearbox is smooth and fluid. Once again, Aston Martin has come up trumps with a beautiful, quality car that rings true to its enviable reputation for delivering exceptional design, performance and craftsmanship.
The Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is available from Jacksons in both Jersey and Guernsey. Overall, it’s a beautiful piece of kit, and I’d be a very proud owner!