Aston Martin Vantage

Power on the 2009 Aston Martin Vantage is provided by a 420-horsepower, 4.8L V8 with dry-sump lubrication--for more consistent oil distribution in high-performance track driving--and variable inlet cam timing. With the standard six-speed manual gearbox, the Vantage can race to 60 miles per hour in a very respectable 4.7 seconds, reaching a top speed of 180 mph

There's also an optional SportShift transmission, which brings magnesium paddle shifters alongside the steering wheel to command quick upshifts or downshifts. It has a "creep" feature that allows the vehicle to behave like a conventional automatic when you lift off the brake pedal unlike several competing systems. The transmission has been improved a bit for 2009, and now features Comfort and Sport shift modes.

Handling is an especially strong suit for the Vantage. The gearbox is rear-mounted for a more even weight distribution, the engine's dry-sump configuration allows it to be mounted low, and the wishbone suspension helps manage the power and weight well on tight, curvy roads. The two-seat Vantage is somewhat heavy for a small sports car yet quite light for a V8 tourer. Thanks to the extensive use of aluminum components, it weighs less than 3,600 pounds.

The interior is laid out with tight, cockpit-like accommodations for two yet has materials and conveniences as commonly offered in luxury cars. The Vantage is available in a wide range of trims, including mahogany, bamboo, walnut, and Piano Black finishings. Platinum silver fittings are also available.

Side air bags, electronic stability control, and anti-lock brakes are also standard. Key options include xenon headlamps, Bluetooth, parking sensors, alarm system upgrade, 700-watt audio system with surround sound and heated seats.

Editors' Review

Most people like to equate Aston Martin with a certain British spy, but I think it's time to stop looking at Aston's past, because its present is magnificent. The 2022 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster is a two-seat, rear-wheel-drive convertible with seemingly endless power and a thrill factor that is off the charts.

This Vantage Roadster is gorgeous in all its leather-clad glory. My tester wears the stunning color combination of Lightning Silver on the outside and Aurora Blue over Ivory Gold Metallic (a fancy way of saying tan) on the inside. New for this year is an optional and much improved front bumper and grille design. It's much prettier than last year's look, although I feel like the headlights are just a bit too small to make the new front end a true home run. However, I love how the doors tilt slightly upward on opening, a quirk that lends a unique touch to the Roadster without being over the top.

Speaking of the top, the Vantage Roadster's cloth roof is quick. It can be lowered in 6.7 seconds and raised in 6.8 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. The best part is that it doesn't intrude too much into the trunk area. Don't get me wrong, there is still only about 7 cubic feet of space, but that's enough for my hard-sided suitcase and backpack with a bit of space left over.

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The Good ~ Banging exhaust note ~ Plenty quick ~ Excellent steering feel

The Bad ~ Terrible cabin tech ~ Not as spry as competitors

The Bottom Line The 2022 Aston Martin Vantage Roadster doesn't sacrifice much over the coupe. In fact, the open top just adds to the fun.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 8
  • Design 8
  • Media 5

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