The new Vanquish Volante will cost £199,995
It's powered by a naturally aspirated V12
The 6.0-litre engine produces 565bhp at 6750rpm
457lb ft is available at 5500rpm
A six-speed automatic transmission sends the V12's power to the rear wheels
0-62mph takes 4.1sec
The Volante's weight distribution is 51:49
Aston claims that it has the same handling characteristics as the coupé
The ride quality is reputedly the same as the coupé too
The Vanquish Volante has a top speed of 183mph
The bodywork is made entirely from carbonfibre
The Volante weighs 1844kg, which represents a 9kg gain over the standard coupé
The car is based on Aston's flexible VH platform
Carbonfibre is used in some semi-structural components, allowing for reductions in weight
The Volante's suspension has been tuned specifically to deliver the same characteristics as the coupé
Exterior differences include a full-height windscreen...
... where the trailing edge of the windscreen runs right up to the leading edge of the fabric roof
The full-height windscreen is a first for an Aston Martin Volante
Aston claims that the Vanquish Volante is notably stiffer than the DBS Volante
Reductions in flex mean improved handling
The looks are shared with the Vanquish coupé
Aston claim that the Vanquish Volante is the stiffest open-top model firm's 100-year history
Chassis features include adaptive dampers
Three distinct suspension modes are offered - Normal, Sport and Track
Aston says the roof can be closed or opened in 14sec
The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante has a 2+2 interior
It's the same as that found in the Vanquish coupé
The fabric roof is triple skinned to improve refinement
Aston says that the fabric, lightweight triple-skinned roof is aerodynamically shaped
The Volante comes with a quick-ratio steering rack
Brembo-supplied carbon-ceramic disc brakes are standard
Safety kit includes stability control and a 'Positive Torque Control' system
The Vanquish Volante replaces the DBS Volante as the range-topping convertible GT
Aston's attention to detail is evident throughout...
... and the cabin should deliver a suitably premium and luxury feel
Switchgear is carried over from the Volante unchanged
The only notable control difference is the addition of a switch to operate the roof
Order books for the new car are open now
Deliveries are expected to start later this year
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.