2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

2021 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

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  • Pros

  • This is the convertible (aka Roadster) version of the Aston Martin Vantage Coupe that we drove about six months ago. The difference between the two is that on this one, as you’ve probably deduced by now, the top goes down. So we’ll highlight the difference a drop top makes to the Vantage here, and you should read up on our impressions of the car overall in our Vantage Coupe Vantage Coupe review.
  • Top down = more fun. When the top is down and the sun is shining, everything we liked about Vantage Coupe is enhanced, and everything we disliked about the Vantage Coupe is minimized. It’s more beautiful, more fun to drive on the right road, and easier to see the scenery and the jealous Audi drivers around you.
  • Simple to use top. Simply press and hold the “open” button as you’re walking towards the car and the windows go down, the top goes down and stows itself, and rear glass partition slides up into place. Do the opposite to close everything before you toss the valet your key and tell him there’s an extra shiny quarter in it for him if he doesn’t scratch it.
  • Rear glass partition. When the top is down, there’s a glass partition that can be raised up behind the seats. It’s a wind and heat screen, and allows you to drive in a virtual cocoon, free from convertible-tornados, and with the heat blasting if it’s a cool day. Extra plus, you can hear your music through the Aston Martin Premium Audio system ($2,300) with the top down.
  • Cons

  • Top up = what's the opposite of fun? When the top is up, everything we disliked about the Vantage Coupe feels worse. The car feels smaller and more claustrophobic. It’s harder to see out of. And while the top is well insulated, it’s still noisier inside than with a fixed roof.
  • Do none of Aston Martin’s test drivers have elbows? Everybody knows that when you drive a convertible, you lean back rakishly, steer with your right hand, and rest your left elbow ever so casually on the driver’s door sill. That’s how it’s been forever. That’s how Julius Caesar drove to the senate in his convertible Cadillacus. The problem is the window sill on the Vantage Roadster is above shoulder height. So you have to point your elbow up at a 45 degree angle towards the sun to rest it on the sill. That’s comfortable for about 30 seconds. I guess exterior styling won out of over elbow positioning. We wish we could have both.
    • Just get the convertible.
    • If you’re buying an Aston Martin Vantage, get the convertible. Why not? Everything about this car is enhanced when the sun is shining and the top is down. It’s not like the hardtop version is a comfortable daily driver anyway. This is a car you’d drive when the conditions are right and the mood suits you. So just set those conditions as sunny, and warmer than 55 degrees F. Q.E.D.
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