2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante online configuratorEnlarge Photo
The new Vanquish Volante is the convertible version of the equally stunning Vanquish coupe and comes on the market early next year as the replacement for the DBS Volante. At a starting price of $297,995, it is now the most expensive model in the Aston Martin lineup, but given its looks, performance and rarity the price is not unreasonable.
The Vanquish Volante gets a full carbon fiber body and a powerful 6.0-liter V-12 engine spinning its rear wheels. Peak output is 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, enough for 0-60 mph jaunts in around 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph.
Unique to the Vanquish Volante is its roof structure, naturally. It consists of a triple-skin lightweight fabric top that can be operated at speeds of up to 30 mph and takes just 14 seconds to fold.
Announcing the arrival of the car earlier this month, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez said: "This car is what luxury super GT driving is all about--great performance, fantastic style and exhilarating Volante motoring in one superb package.”
Having already driven the Vanquish coupe, we tend to agree with his comments.