Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
In this battle of the convertible V8’s, two stunning, British cars go head to head to find out which of the two is the better car. Starting off the proceedings, is the 430bhp 4.7-litre Aston Martin Vantage GT Convertible.
You’d be forgiven for confusing the line-up of Aston Martin models available with one another, with Aston Martins having a tendency to look a lot like each other, however that isn’t a bad thing. Why tamper with breath-taking beauty that turns heads regardless of where it goes.
Featuring a muscular front end, working effortlessly into a wide, low-slung stance the Aston certainly has the ‘get out of the way’ kind of look, however, working towards the rear of the Aston V8 Vantage, it’s a more tame beast, with soft, smooth lines all working together with the instantly recognisable Aston-esque rear lights.
Looking into the cabin of the Aston Martin Convertible, premium materials are plainly visible, brought together to create a very high-end interior. Featuring soft touch surfaces, a great steering wheel and a rather straightforward dash. There is one major nuisance that we couldn’t help but notice and feel. The V8 Vantage does indeed have a high quality interior, however it feels dated compared to the F-Type and for the asking price on the Aston Martin, there’s certainly room for improvement.
The actual driving experience of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage isn’t disappointing however, it isn’t always what you’d expect when paying a six figure sum for a car. While the burbles from the V8 sound sensational with the top down, the car itself feels boaty when you press on. This isn’t to say the Aston doesn’t handle well, it most certainly does, however a big part of driving pleasure comes from being able to hold confidence and the convertible Aston Martin just didn’t inspire us with confidence. As a cruiser, the Aston feels a lot more at home as opposed to a hairy chested sports car but with the price tag on the open top Aston, you’d have to really want one in order to justify spending that amount of money on a soft top cruiser.
Yes, the Aston is a gorgeous car to look at, but as a driver’s car, there are better alternatives on offer.