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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster. DRIVEN

Our deputy editor takes a spin in 'the most potent and fastest-accelerating series production roadster' from Aston Martin yet. And can't quite get his head around it…

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I'm torn by the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster.

On the one hand, it's an Aston Martin. It's British and therefore characterful, it's beyond gorgeous, and it's the last of a dying breed: you can count the number of contemporary V12-powered maniacs on the road on one hand. Of course on the other hand come a few Aston-typical foibles. THAT stupid seven-speed automatic gearbox for instance may be derived from the brand's motor racing arm, but unless you enjoy being hurled with great momentum – forehead first – towards the windscreen after every gear change, it's not something you can live with on a daily basis. Ditto the very plasticky windscreen wiper and indicator stalks and an air conditioning system that battles Middle Eastern temperatures at the height of summer as effectively as a broken fan.

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And on another hand still, we have the proverbial large grey mammal in the room: the fact that this is 'the most potent, fastest and fastest-accelerating series production roadster' from Aston to date.

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And I'm having trouble seeing the significance.

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