The Aston Martin Vanquish hasn’t changed much since it was unveiled in 2012. Until today, its elegant and athletic design continues to be a stunning head-turner. In fact, if you are new to the Aston Martin brand, you wouldn’t think that this form is nearly five years old. A year later in 2013, Aston Martin revealed the Volante or the convertible version of the Aston Martin Vanquish.
Now, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is receiving an “S” designation, which means that the latest model – the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante – will be much superior in terms of performance, thanks to a number of improvements made.
As it is, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is already a powerful being. Its core is an all alloy quad overhead cam 48-valve 6.0-liter V12 front mid-mounted engine that sends 424 kW (568 bhp or 576 PS) of max output at 6,650 rpm and 630 Nm (465 lb.-ft.) of peak torque available at 5,500 rpm. With this power level, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante could accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and from nil to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds. Top speed of the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is set at 197 mph (317 km/h).
In the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante, the same engine is installed, although this engine has been upgraded with revised inlet manifolds. The V12 engine is now uprated to deliver 100 bhp per liter at 7,000 rpm, which means it could generate higher levels of output and torque. For the United Kingdom and European Union countries, the V12 engine in the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante boasts of 444 kW (595 bhp or 603 PS) of max output at 7000 rpm and 630 Nm (465 lb.- ft.) of peak torque at 5,500 rpm. For the rest of the world, the output level of the engine is lower with 433 kW (580 bhp or 588 PS) at 7,000 rpm, although the torque level remains the same.
In the coupe version (Aston Martin Vanquish S), the 0-62 mph (0-100km/h) sprint time is 3.5 seconds. The sprint time of the Volante version is expected to be slower, and we estimate it at around 3.7 seconds. Top speed of the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante should also be slower than the 201 mph (323 km/h) figure of the coupe version. This power is sent to the rear wheels through a rear mid-mounted “Touchtronic III” eight-speed automatic gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system.
The Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante features an extruded bonded aluminum and Carbon-fiber VH body structure with carbon fiber body panels and cast-magnesium doors. It is fitted with single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators as well as LED light blade tail-lamps. Aerodynamic aids include exposed carbon fiber splitter, diffuser and sill blade. As standard, the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante rides on a set of 20-inch 10-spoke Gloss Black Cast alloy wheels wrapped in 9J x 20-inch Pirelli P-Zero 255/35 ZR20 tires on the front and 11.5J x 20-inch Pirelli P-Zero 305/30 ZR20 tires on the rear.
Aston Martin will commence sales of the Vanquish S Volante in the second quarter of 2017 at a starting price of $312,950 – the same as the coupe version.