Monday, February 2nd 2015. | Auto & Motor, Car

There’s a lot that I like about the Tesla Model S. I like how it elevates electric vehicles from hum-drum commuters to the realm of sports cars. I also like how the instant torque can rocket the thing toward performance figures that embarrass most petrol-powered vehicles. On top of all of that, it also looks fantastic. But there’s one thing that the Model S, and indeed all electric vehicles, will never possess: ear-quaking sound. Years of exposure to exploding dinosaur juice has created in every car nut out there a Pavlovian response that, when done right, results in a solid case of the fizzies.

A V-12 from Aston Martin makes one such sound. The Brits sure do know how to make an exhaust sound great, and the Vantage S Roadster is testament to that, with its guttural, snarly, vicious set of pipes. As the host of this video, Alex Kersten, puts it, the V12 Vantage simply sounds “glorious.”

For many folks, the sound of a drop-top sports car is as important as its 0-to-60 time and horsepower figures. The sensation of accelerating with maximum thrust, gripping through a corner, and pouring wind through the cabin is simply incomplete without that all-important exhaust note.

Perhaps, many years in the future, such a feature will seem archaic, wasteful even. “What’s the point?” they’ll ask. If such a day ever arrives, let’s hope there’s an Aston Martin with a V-12 and a few drops of gasoline around to teach them.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster.

Video: Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Roadster Makes Some Noise originally appeared on topspeed.com on Monday, 2 February 2015 09:00 EST.

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