Aston Martin's Vanquish drops its top

Aston Martin's Vanquish drops its top

The Aston Martin DBS Volante has stepped down as the British marque's most powerful convertible to make way for this, the 6-litre V12-powered Vanquish Volante.

Performance figures from that mighty V12 match those of the Volante's coupe cousin, nailing the 0-62mph sprint in just 4.1 seconds and going on to hit a top speed of 183mph.
Power is an almighty 565bhp and peak torque of 618Nm is delivered at 5,5500 rpm. All of this shove is driven to the rear wheels via Aston's six-speed automatic transmission.

The DBS Volante may have been a pretty thing but it wasn't very practical, so Aston engineers have upped the bootspace in the soft-top Vanquish to 279 litres, a 50% increase over the outgoing DBS.

Those same boffins have also drastically reduced weight in the soft-top Volante to counteract the bulky mass of the triple-skin lightweight fabric construction roof, which can be raised and lowered in just 14 seconds.

Reducing weight usually means adding cost and the Vanquish Volante is no exception, as liberal use of carbon fibre and the advanced roof mechanism add around £10,000 to the Vanquish's already steep price tag.

Not much has changed inside, bar the extra switch that operates the electrically folding roof but major changes to the underpinnings ensure the new model is stiffer than the outgoing DBS Volante, improving handling and predictability through turns.

Order books are now open for the Vanquish Volante, with deliveries expected to arrive later this year. Prices start from a whopping £199,995.

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