New £200k V12-engined Vanquish Volante will become Aston's range-topping convertible GT

Aston Martin has revealed its new £200k Vanquish Volante, a model claimed to be the stiffest open-top model in the firm’s 100-year history.

Replacing the DBS Volante as Aston’s range-topping open GT car, the 6.0-litre V12-powered Vanquish Volante is capable of the same 0-62mph sprint of 4.1sec and 183mph top speed as its coupé sibling. Its full carbonfibre bodywork is also a first for an Aston Volante model.

Other improvements over the DBS Volante include a 50 per cent larger boot at 279 litres with the roof up or down. Aston says the roof is of triple-skin lightweight fabric construction and of an aerodynamic design, and it can be opened and closed in 14 seconds.

The outputs of the 6.0 V12 engine match that of the Vanquish coupé, meaning a maximum 565bhp is available at 6750rpm and peak torque of 457lb ft arrives at 5500rpm. Drive is sent to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. 

Aston says the Volante is able to match the performance of the Vanquish coupé as weight increases have been kept to a minimum. The Volante weighs 1844kg, a 9kg increase over the coupe.

Underpinning the car is the latest fourth-generation development of Aston’s venerable VH platform. Carbonfibre is used in semi-structural components and bonding techniques are derived from the aerospace industry.

As such, Aston claims this Vanquish Volante is 14 per cent torsionally stiffer than the DBS Volante and much more resistant to flex and predictable to handle as a result.

Aston also says the spring and damper rates have been calibrated to give the Volante the same ride and handling characteristics as the coupé. The weight distribution is 51:49.

The Volante shares the same look as the Vanquish coupe, but with a few notable changes in addition to the roof. The windscreen is now full height, the glass running up to meet the fabric for a cleaner, more coherent look. This full-height windscreen on a Volante is another first for Aston Martin.

The design of the 2+2 interior of the Vanquish coupe carries over to the Volante unchanged, save for the switches necessary to operate the retractable roof. 

Chassis features include adaptive dampers with three distinct modes - Normal, Sport and Track - a quick-ratio steering set-up, Brembo-supplied carbon ceramic brakes, and Dynamic Stability Control and Positive Torque Control electronic systems.

Order books are now open for the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante ahead of the first deliveries later this year. Prices start from £199,995.

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haz

19 June 2013

Is this worth 75k more than a DB9 coupe? Does look pretty James Bond from the back though

19 June 2013

Lovely as it is, you'd kind of expect more in the performance department from a carbon bodied V12 car in this bracket. On paper at least, its easily outgunned by an equivalent spec open top Bentley for a lot less money despite the Bentley's huge weight disadvantage.

You'd have to surmise that dynamically at least, it would stay way in the shadows behind similarly priced exotics from Italy.

Shame really as it definitely looks the part.

 

19 June 2013

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19 June 2013

philcUK wrote:

Lovely as it is, you'd kind of expect more in the performance department from a carbon bodied V12 car in this bracket. On paper at least, its easily outgunned by an equivalent spec open top Bentley for a lot less money despite the Bentley's huge weight disadvantage.

You'd have to surmise that dynamically at least, it would stay way in the shadows behind similarly priced exotics from Italy.

Shame really as it definitely looks the part.

 

Couldn't agree more. It's for the reasons you have stated that I have huge respect for any Vanquish/DBS owner I see. To choose one over myriad of objectively-superior cars from Europe deserves a doff of anyone's cap!

19 June 2013

[quote=philcUK]

Lovely as it is, you'd kind of expect more in the performance department from a carbon bodied V12 car in this bracket. On paper at least, its easily outgunned by an equivalent spec open top Bentley for a lot less money despite the Bentley's huge weight disadvantage.

You'd have to surmise that dynamically at least, it would stay way in the shadows behind similarly priced exotics from Italy.

Shame really as it definitely looks the part.

 

A.  Bentley GTC Speed: 0 - 60 in 4.1 seconds.  Aston Vanquish volante 0 - 60 in 4.1 seconds.  Outgunned?  How do you work that out then?

B.  Why would you have to surmise anything about its dynamics before you  have even driven it?

C.  You finally got something right - it looks bl**dy fantastic, a truly beautiful car, something the Ferrari isn't.

19 June 2013

martin_66]</p><p>[quote=philcUK wrote:

Lovely as it is, you'd kind of expect more in the performance department from a carbon bodied V12 car in this bracket. On paper at least, its easily outgunned by an equivalent spec open top Bentley for a lot less money despite the Bentley's huge weight disadvantage.

You'd have to surmise that dynamically at least, it would stay way in the shadows behind similarly priced exotics from Italy.

Shame really as it definitely looks the part.

 

A.  Bentley GTC Speed: 0 - 60 in 4.1 seconds.  Aston Vanquish volante 0 - 60 in 4.1 seconds.  Outgunned?  How do you work that out then?

B.  Why would you have to surmise anything about its dynamics before you  have even driven it?

C.  You finally got something right - it looks bl**dy fantastic, a truly beautiful car, something the Ferrari isn't.

I was referring to the Bentleys overall performance figures which are all the same (0-60) or better (top speed) than the Aston despite being almost three quarters of a tonne heavier. Surmisation comes from tests the coupe has already faced against rivals.

I dont think anyone is saying the Aston is a slow or inferior car at all - merely that as the supposed pinnacle of their regular range - it doesnt really offer enough over much cheaper models in its class - even in its own range.

THE V12 Vantage S Volante itself offers far more in the performance field and likely as much audio drama too and as others have pointed out - the new Vanquish Volante is asking a huge premium for little or nothing extra over its own family of models.

IAD

19 June 2013

I like to see a stripped out more track focused version with a gear box better to exploit that beast of an engine.

19 June 2013

I was never quite sure about the Vanquish's styling, until I saw a few in the flesh earlier this year, and it really does look superb, although I still prefer the look of the original Vanquish!

I know power isn't the be all and end all, but when you consider the Vanquish is in the class above the DB9 which has 510bhp, only 55bhp over its little brother is pitiful, while the Vanquish looks woefully inadequate against the F12, although I do feel the Ferrari is over-powered just for the hell of it (never thought I'd hear myself say that!)

19 June 2013

Don't forget that the contract with Ford for its engines ends this year, so Aston Martin is, presumably, already looking around for replacements ...

19 June 2013

Suzuki QT wrote:

Don't forget that the contract with Ford for its engines ends this year, so Aston Martin is, presumably, already looking around for replacements ...

I think Aston are already in discussions with Daimler, with the view of Mercedes engines being used. And there'd be a choice of off-the-shelf powerplants too, but I suspect only AMG units would be considered.

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