Somewhat inevitably, Aston Martin has revealed its convertible version of its flagship model, the £200k Vanquish Volante, which, the marque boasts, is the stiffest open-top in the company’s 100-year history.
The Vanquish Volante becomes Aston Martin’s new range-topping model and is capable of the same 0-62mph time of 4.1sec and 183mph top speed as its coupe compatriot. Meanwhile, the Volante’s full carbonfibre bodywork is a first for a convertible Aston Martin model.
Power output matches that of the Vanquish coupe at 565bhp, with an identical 457lb ft of torque to boot. Weight increases in the Volante have been kept to a minimum – an increase of just 9kg – enabling it to match the performance of the hard-top.
Over the DBS Volante, the car it replaces, the Vanquish has a 50 per cent larger boot at 279 litres, roof up or down, whilst the material used for the car’s lid are of a triple-skin lightweight fabric and has been aerodynamically designed and produced. Opening and closing the roof takes 14 seconds.
The fourth generation of Aston Martin’s VH platform acts as the underpinning of the Vanquish Volante and carbonfibre has been implemented in semi-structural components, as well bonding techniques from the aerospace industry. As a result, the Vanquish is 14 per cent stiffer than the DBS it replaces and is much more predictable in its handling.
Recent convertible cars from Aston Martin have been a little skittish and have required their charisma to help numbers sell, but the Gaydon-based firm look to have got back on track since the DBS Volante, and with the Vanquish they look to have perfected the recipe.
The order books are now open, and if you have £199,995 spare, the Vanquish Volante might just be something to consider.