Aston Martin introduced the Vanquish Volante, a new convertible that sits at the pinnacle of its lineup. Featuring a triple-skin lightweight fabric roof, the new car transforms from a coupe into a stylish convertible in just 14 seconds and at speeds of up to 30 mph. Regarding the design, we must admit that this is quite impressive as the new Vanquish Volante features elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades derived from the One-77 supercar.
The fabric roof sits beneath a tonneau and decklid that have been aerodynamically tuned for optimum performance. The new windscreen is not full height, which is a fisrt for Aston Martin and now the glass runs up to meet the fabric roof, thereby reducing visual 'clutter'. The interior features luxurious materials such as full grain Luxmil leather with optional quilting, Alcantara and satin chrome.
Each body panel of the car is made from carbon fiber and according to the official press release, this is not because of its high strength-to-weight ratio, but also for its flexibility of form.
Comparing it with the DBS Volante, the new Vanquish Volante comes with a larger booth space (50% larger) - it measures 279 litres with the roof up or down. Under the hood, we find the same AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine which is powering the coupe version, capable to deliver 565 bhp @ 6,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 457 lb ft available at 5,500 rpm.
Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox. Top speed stands at 183 mph. Aston Martin's Adaptive Damping System (ADS) allows the driver to switch between three distinct damping modes: Normal, Sport and Track.
The car uses third generation Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes with 398 mm x 36 mm CCM brake discs with larger front brake pads and six-piston brake callipers from the One-77 on the front and 360 mm x 32 mm CCM brake discs on the rear with a four-piston calliper. Pricing starts at $297,995 RRP in the United States.