The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

After the DB9 Volante, Richard was surprised to see that Aston Martin could turn a hardtop into a convertible without ruining its looks. He was surprised further when the Aston proved capable of keeping up with his favourite Porsche 911. But after lots of thinking and cups of tea, the production team thought a man would be a better match for the Aston. Not just any man, mind. A man who either knows no fear or has no brain matter. A man on inline rollerskates - and a jetpack.

The skater could achieve 120 m.p.h. Acceleration was the most important thing in this test, so could the Aston beat him? Yes, it can. Although the Aston has a hell of a lot of horsepower, doesn't mean it would go as fast as you might think. As with the DB9 Volante and the vast majority of other convertibles, the chassis had to be strenghthened, so, obviously, the car was a lot heavier.

But Astons are aimed more for touring and, as a tourer, the V8 Vantage Roadster does a fantastic job.

Years produced: 2006-present

Engine: V8

0-62 m.p.h.: 4.9 seconds

Power: 380 b.h.p.

Max. speed: 175 m.p.h.

Gadgets: The roof can be lowered in only 30 seconds thanks to an electric motor at up to 30 m.p.h.

Cool factor: Listen to the wail of the engine and the wind rushing past your ears.

Trivia: The onboard computer screen is sometimes faulty and hard to see when the sun is out.

You can choose from a green car with a green interior or red with a red interior.

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