Aston Martin's majestic new roadster

The V8 Vantage Roadster can mix it up with the best of the competition, yet it stands apart as an authentic and bewitching sports car in a (high) class of its own.

Under the hood
Under the hood
Beneath this car's long, taut nose lurks a front mid-mounted V-8 built exclusively for Aston Martin. Each aluminum block V-8 carries a plaque naming the engineer who inspected it, and optional engraved door-sill plates say HANDBUILT IN ENGLAND. One gripe: It could use more power.

A British beauty

Under the hood

Ideal weight

Easy to gauge

No expense spared

Human touch

Truth in design

Hidden assets

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