Inevitably, then, the Volante is less of a sports car than its coupé sibling. But, I suppose, that’s not going to be the choice – coupé or Volante – is it?
It’ll be Volante or Ferrari California T, Rolls-Royce Dawn, or Bentley Continental GT Convertible. And against rivals from other makers, the Vanquish S is arguably even more competitive than its hard-topped sibling, because there’s no soft-top version of the Ferrari 812 Superfast to give it a hard time.
Besides which, the Vanquish S’s character makes it through the roof cut largely unscathed. The ride remains good and, although you’re aware there’s more girth being carried around, body control is tight, too.
There is flop, mind. Of course there is. Look in the rear-view mirror, which gets a little shimmy on over poor surfaces, and you’ll see the rear seat tops getting their own little shimmy going, too. The steering has more kickback and wobble than a stiffer car’s. But, heck, if you wanted the full super-GT experience, you wouldn’t be looking at a convertible. So sit back, enjoy the fact that the chassis balance inherent in every Aston Martin is very much present, that the steering is still linear, the throttle response crisp, the eight-speed automatic gearbox firmly locked with precious little ‘slush’, and the sound far easier to hear.