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.
The Vanquish Volante's 'armour' of carbon fibre sections cover a cabin that is at once refined and comfortable. The 2+2 interior is stylishly appointed in genuine and opulent components: full-grained Luxmil leather with a quilting option, Alcantara, and chrome satin highlight the car's luxurious nature.
All the car’s body panels are built from carbon fibre, not only because it has a high strength-to-weight proportion, but it is also for flexibility when forming. This reduces not only mass but indicates that not as many body panels are needed – lowering the number of joints and adding to a more unified and lithe form.
As functional as it is stylish, the Vanquish Volante has a trunk that's a full 50% bigger than the prior DBS Volante. It is 279 litres - roof down or up - and means the new Aston Martin is a worthwhile option for cross-country road trips as well as for everyday drives.
Maybe the most attractive interior styling feature is the refined centre stack that has a more sophisticated shape and is more innate and approachable for drivers and front seat passengers.
A direct successor of the One-77 centre stack, the Vanquish and Vanquish Volante's configuration keeps familiar features like the ECU start and gear selection buttons, while highlighting a new infotainment system and an appreciably more user-friendly set-up. The front trim now reaches down the complete centre stack and is produced from a single piece so it has a consistent finish.