Aston Martin Vanquish Volante revealed

The new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is the British sports car maker’s latest convertible

The new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is the British sports car maker’s latest convertible model. It features the same powertrain and luxury items as the coupe, but with a retractable soft-top roof.

The Volante uses a triple-skin lightweight fabric roof, instead of the folding metal item of some rivals, such as the Ferrari 458 and McLaren 12C Spiders, and it retracts in 14sec at speeds up to 30mph. Once retracted, the roof resides under a tonneau and deck lid. This does not affect boot space, which measures 279 litres, a 50 per cent increase in capacity over the Vanquish cabrio’s predecessor, the Aston DBS Volante.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

Aston Vanquish coupe

>Find a used Aston Martin Vanquish for sale on the Classic and Performance Car site<

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

To account for the Volante’s lack of roof, there are new springs and revised damper settings. The dampers are adaptive items with three settings: Normal, Sport and Track. Braking is handled by carbon ceramic discs from Brembo, and the front callipers are the same as those found on the One-77 hypercar.

The chassis is aluminium, clad with semi-structural carbonfibre body panels in order to keep the mass down to a minimum. As with the coupe, there’s an exposed carbon splitter, side skirts and rear diffuser, Aston Martin going to great lengths to ensure the visible carbon weave flows in one direction.  Despite extensive use of the material, a plethora of luxury items and safety equipment contribute to a stocky 1844kg kerb weight.

The interior is trimmed is a mostly leather and Alcantara affair, while there’s a 1000W Bang & Olufsen 15-speaker audio system. The cabin can be configured as a 2+2, or as a 2+0 for extra luggage capacity.

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante prices start at £199,995 in the UK – up around £9000 compared to the Vanquish coupe, and the most expensive series production Aston – with first deliveries starting later in 2013.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/911-turbo/202379/new-porsche-911-turbo-gains-lightweight-and-sport-packages
Porsche 911 Turbo

New Porsche 911 Turbo gains Lightweight and Sport packages 

The 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo hasn’t been with us for long, but a raft of packages and optional extras are already in the pipeline
26 Mar 2020
Visit/corvette/202016/1200bhp-hennessey-c8-corvette-shown-testing-on-video
Corvette

1200bhp Hennessey C8 Corvette shown testing on video

The C8 Corvette has only just hit showrooms, but Hennessey Performance already has big plans...
26 Mar 2020
Visit/land-rover/defender/202375/new-land-rover-defender-x-p400-review
Land Rover Defender

New Land Rover Defender X P400 review

Land Rover’s all new Defender proves to be worth the wait and is now as capable on road as it is off it. It’s no driver’s car but as a do everything m…
25 Mar 2020
Visit/features/22907/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-col-de-turini
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Col de Turini

We take the Hyundai i30 Fastback N up the Col de Turini, a 31km stage of the Monte Carlo World Rally Championship
19 Jul 2019