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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston V8 Vantage Roadster

The Martin Vantage becomes a and gains a paddleshift. Does new V8 Roadster work?

May 2007

is a new kind of Aston Martin. open, but it has just two seats and called a Volante. The V8 Vantage is clearly based on the V8 coupe, but its is actually stiffer than the car’s.

That could not happened if there were about structural integrity.

we’re looking at here, glasses shielding our eyes the livid metallic Sunburst paint, is Aston Martin’s proper production sports It must be; no open Aston has been more taut and visually or dynamically, than one. The V8 range was designed an open version in mind, and it

It’s too early in the year for so the Provençale landscape must do with this Aston for its flashes of yellow. We’ve set off Gordes, near Avignon, down so we can hear the V8’s bark like never It bounces off the walls of buildings echoing across the valley as we the town behind.

That’s one of the things about a roadster you can the car working so much better, if its creator is into the aural of an exhaust bypass valve.

Next impression? We’ve been over some and ripples and this is one rigid There really is no structural and shudder at all.

The figures for stiffness do show a drop the coupe 15,500lb ft per degree of against 19,900 but it’s stiff enough not to make you it were stiffer.

It’s rather more rigid the DB9 Volante, thanks mainly to the wheelbase but helped by a stronger behind the dash. The same is also fitted to the latest V8 so the only Roadster- specific bit of is in the undertrays, which are of thicker and attached at more points to a structural function not needed in the car.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

Even if shudder-free, though, a can sometimes suffer in its steering as fractional twists in the chassis the edge off the response. I’ve driven through a fast, downhill mountain bend, and my has taken an involuntary blip the front wheels didn’t quite as accurately as I thought would. I was left in a momentary land of threatened understeer, I don’t think would happened in the coupe.

Did it happen there’s no roof? It’s to say.

Go quickly into a and the nose will push and the revvy V8 lacks the torque to this by edging the tail You can force it into oversteer if you try, but there’s less line-tightening under power I’d like. The spring might play a part

Their increase is partly to the Roadster’s modest weight (14kg for the aluminium structure, overall including the fabric partly because the V8’s chief, Dave King, reckons the Roadster feels this way. And it’s that the ride is absolutely taut but never agitated.

the front springs are a touch too though, which would explain why the steering feels informative than the coupe’s. Yet the springs have had a proportionately rate increase (17 per cent) the fronts (14 per cent), and the anti-roll haven’t changed. King disagree with our observations, but that the Roadster is more than the coupe to be driven by less steeped in the finer of car control.

In which case, the small in understeer is understandable.

And it really a big issue because the Roadster’s is mostly marvellous if you try to flow it. You’ll be downshifting copiously to the V8 above 4000rpm and in its torque (the 380bhp power doesn’t arrive until so the agility is best exploited the now properly sorted Sportshift (£3000 extra).

It’s the surge and shunt of the pre-production I sampled last December, this paddleshift-triggered Graziano as good as most of its type, if it’s ultimately not quite as as a Ferrari 599’s. Even so, still have the manual, of the physical involvement it gives.

And the roof? Stowed away, it for a fabulous-looking Roadster with fairings behind each When raised fully operation is possible at up to 30mph it neat and rounded and seals against wind noise.

Martin’s first post-PAG (it was launched the day after the March 12 announcement) is an open car without compromise, and we like it a lot.

For an review of the latest Aston Vantage visit our sister carbuyer.co.uk

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

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