A far more enjoyable way to understand the advanced technology on board is to simply find my favourite stretch of road, then unleash the scintillating power of Aston Martin's 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. The numbers here are 510PS/685Nm. Straight line performance is simply astounding. The 0-60mph dash is dispatched in 3.7 seconds - just 0.1 seconds slower than the Coupe - with the potential to reach a maximum speed of 190mph with the roof raised. Heading into a corner, each dramatic downshift on those long paddle-shifters is a pure thrill, especially driving on a wet British road during the autumn. The Roadster's raucous exhaust note ratchets up further when the tautly tailored roof is folded down. Side windows raised, the cockpit is still snug and cosy, aided in the winter by a powerful ventilation system and heated seats. Passengers sit low in a cabin relatively untouched by the flow of the wind - no need for a hat here.
Pouring the Vantage around corners becomes a balletic experience - a flamboyant pas de deux at startling speeds that could easily end up in an orchestra pit, if the Roadster wasn't so dynamically refined. I change up through the drive modes from Sport to Sport+, feeling the dynamic character of the Vantage progressively climb through the revs. This isn't the road to try the Track setting, but the breadth of ability of this astonishing new model is remarkable. The sheer pace and cornering ability of the Roadster - thanks in no small part to an exceptionally smooth, eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox, encourages total driver involvement.
The car's enthusiastic nature is infectious, a total transformation from the previous model. Slipping up and down through the gears, the changes feel honed to absolute perfection - sharper than any series production Aston Martin I've ever driven before. That electronic rear diff is thinking at mind-boggling speeds to ensure maximum traction as the Roadster pulls out of another corner in second, third and then fourth.
This two-seater that is equally at home on a track day or tearing down to Le Mans on your favourite French B-road. The lowered position is perfect, with good back support for "making progress" on a spirited weekend drive, plus enough comfort to ensure the weekday commute is a joy rather than a pain. The eight-inch instrumentation screen, meanwhile, doesn't suffer in bright sunlight either, while the switchgear is beautifully integrated with the leather trim. Driver demands are operated via Aston Martin's familiar rotary input device or voice control.