To offset the reduced structural strength inherent to all convertibles, an aluminium cross-beam has been fitted. Torsional rigidity has therefore been preserved, and is not significantly lower than that of the Coupé; indeed, the Roadster’s steering is just as precise and agile as that of its sister. The independent double-wishbone suspension has also been stiffened slightly, but is still gentle enough to take bumps and potholes in its stride.
Alongside active safety measures and front/side airbags for the driver and passenger, UK versions of the V8 Vantage Roadster include a tracking device and after-theft security system as standard. The Thatcham Category 5 system allows the authorities to track down stolen cars, and features a remote immobilisation to stop thieves getting far.
2016 model upgrades include the updated AMi II Infotainment system which offers improved driver interface controls with additional vehicle information. Updates also include the introduction of a new style fascia, this stylish one-piece console now flows through the centre of the car, offering a more useable interface for both the driver and the passenger.