Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Roadster

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Roadster

2. Seeing Red

Have you ever dunked your head in a can of pizza sauce? That’s what it was like driving the V8 Vantage S Roadster AutoGuide tested. The car’s cockpit was dressed in soft, stitched leather that was brighter than tomato paste; specifically the color is called “Spicy Red,” and it’s got so much kick it’s the ocular equivalent of the ghost chili, one of the hottest peppers in the world.


Further dressing up the car’s interior is piano black trim on the center stack and elsewhere, plus there’s some artful stitching on the door panels. Uniquely, the ignition slot is located high on the dashboard, a place where it’s nearly impossible to spill your Slurpee.

There’s a lot more to like about this Aston Martin’s cabin, including firm, sporty seats and premium materials but there are a couple downsides. Some of the secondary controls look a little chintzy and so do the digital readouts. But worst of all some of the stitching on the dashboard was actually crooked, and not just a little bit, it was seriously wayward, probably like the incisors of the British craftspeople that assembled it.