Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Unveiled [Photo Gallery]
Described as the “ultimate convertible super GT”, the open top Vanquish marks several premiers for the company’s Volante-badged cars: the first model to feature a full carbon fiber body, the stiffest convertible and the first open top to come with a full height windscreen.
Equipped with a triple layer lightweight fabric roof, the Vanquish Volante needs just 14 seconds to fold the soft top and let the sun shine over the leather interior. When compared to the coupe, the new convertible weighs about 20 lbs (9 kg) more and sports a slightly different rear end design.
Under the hood, the new Vanquish Volante is powered by the familiar naturally-aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine that’s good for 565 HP (573 PS) and 620 Nm (457 lb-ft) of torque. All that muscle is sent to the rear wheels via a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic transmission.
"This car is what luxury super GT driving is all about. Great performance, fantastic style and exhilarating Volante motoring in one superb package. Aston Martin is celebrating 100 years of excellence in 2013, and the arrival of this new sports car - our ultimate Volante - underlines that our mission to make the next 100 years even more successful is starting perfectly,” said Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez.
Scheduled to go on sale from $297,955, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante will be delivered across the United States starting early next year. However, the convertible will arrive in UK by the end of this year with a sticker of £199,995.
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