Without a meter to move forces the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster respect with his aristocratic appearance. Aggressiveness and elegance, sportiness and class, the Aston know they are perfectly capable of combining into a single whole. Nice was also the day that we with this noble Englishman on the road were.
The V8 Vantage Roadster in 2006 it was unveiled in Los Angeles. Based on the then already popular coupe, offered this open version with the same specifications, including the 380-hp 4,3-litre V8. In 2008, this engine was replaced by a 40 hp stronger and 4.7 litre V8.
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The car we took on the road were dating from October 2008 and is for 65,000 euro to purchase at Cabrioland in The Hague. With only 41.000 km on the counter was the Aston actually just run in, also on all brands. Under the hood, we found the 4.3-litre V8 linked to a Sportshift semi-automatic gearbox.
Before you sit down in an Aston Martin, take your first appearance, like a good wine against the light and enjoy the bouquet before you take a sip. An impressive front with the familiar Aston grille, headlights that already had speed radiating and a long hood including the powerful V8 are home.
Where the front male masculinity exudes, provides a look at the back, especially feelings of feminine roundness, and elegance, together the mythical combination of cars, works of art. Fortunately, understand the traditional English also good that a real convertible with a fabric roof, which is so much better?
Had you been under the impression of the exterior, the interior is the icing on the cake. Beautiful leather bucket seats, lots of real aluminum and then those counters, very beautiful. And, of course, the well-known Aston Martin clock in the middle, this is true class.
It is that the graphics of the on-board navigation and infotainment system is somewhat old-fashioned eyes, because otherwise this car is as again on the market with its timeless design.
What a nasty sound
Under the impression of all this splendor, you forget in a hurry that you are here with a sports car. With a press of a button the V8 engine growling to life. He allows himself to hear, but remains politely in the background. This disappears, however, when the rpm 4,000 transcend. Valves in the exhaust are then opened and the ever so classy Vantage changes in a British hooligan.
As an angry grizzly that just a kick between his legs, screams the V8 on a dark and completely uncivilized way. As a car enthusiast here is actually make your heart jump and curl your mouth is far up. Listen to this:
After quite a lot of times by what tunnels to blow up time and time again to enjoy the sound, you get finally the chance of the car on its drive to review. And that is good. The V8 Vantage Roadster know an excellent combination between sportiness and comfort. You can use hard, very hard, but with the same ease, completely relaxed cruising.
From 0 to 100 in 5 seconds, and a top of 280 km per hour is not extremely fast, but crazy enough to be ideal for this car. You can more often stomping on the gas and that powerful sound without getting extremely the speed allowed to pass through.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is what concerns us the ideal sports car. A very stylish and beautiful appearance, a beautiful interior, this is the car that you want to come ride. Quietly cruising down town with the knowledge that with each press of your right foot to the calm car turns into a filthy hooligan, makes a man very happy. And that this car can buy for 65,000 euro in practically new condition, still a lot of people two times think before entering the showroom running-and a decorated car to purchase, right?
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster:
Engine: 4.280 cc V8
Power: 380 hp at 7.300 rpm
Torque: 410 Nm at 5.000 rpm
Transmission: 6 gear semi-automatic transmission
Drive: rear wheels
Top speed: 280 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 5 seconds
Weight: 1.710 kg
An average of specified fuel consumption: 15.1 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 360g/km
Mileage: 41.000 km
List price: 166.150,- euro
Price second hand: 65.000,- euro