Steering in the S Roadster is precise and responsive. It is possible to change from one lock to the other with 2.6 turns of the wheel, as opposed to the 3.1 turns in the conventional Vantage Roadster. Selecting "Sport Mode" increases the speed of the gear changes and the throttle response – as well as the bracing noise from the V8.
Power is distributed through the seven-speed, automated manual Sportdrive™ II transmission. This system was developed especially for the Vantage S Coupé and Roadster with the motorsport engineers Prodrive, and enables gear changes a fifth quicker than the original Sportdrive™. The vehicle’s brakes have also been reworked for greater stopping power, with the front brake discs enlarged to 380mm compared to 355mm on the original V8 Vantage Roadster.
Built for pure driving enjoyment, the "Sport" edition of the V8 Vantage Roadster offers a fiercer performance and more muscular looks than the original. The most humdrum of journeys is enlivened by its pace and handling, along with the accompanying roar of the 4.7-litre V8 engine.
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.