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Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Revealed (PHOTOS)

Flippin’ heck! It’s the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante in all its convertible glory. We have the photos and a super sexy Volante video

We’ll give you a moment to drink in that shape and lick your lips a little. If you don’t think this car is a stunning piece of carbon sculpture then your retinas must be totally useless, or drunk. It is utter carporn and quite blue. 

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As we know lobbing the roof off a sports car generally makes things a bit flimsy and wobbly, like the old Saab 9-3 convertible – a car that had all the chassis rigidity of a soggy piece of lettuce. But, that won’t be the case with Aston’s new drop-top Vanquish because its structure is actually very strong, with 14% more torsional rigidity than the old DBS Volante, which wasn’t exactly a ham sandwich when it came to chassis strength either. 

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Surprisingly, the Volante only weighs 9kg more than its hardtop sibling, so straight-line performance hasn’t been harmed at all. With 565hp and 457lb ft of torque from a boisterous 6.0liter naturally aspirated V12 connected to a six-speed automatic gearbox sending drive through the rear wheels, 0-62mph takes 4.1 seconds, a figure which is identical to the roofed Vanquish’s sprint time, and at full stride it’ll hit 183mph. 
 
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Naturally, the spring and damper rates have been modified slightly, and there are three suspension stiffness levels – normal, sport and track – to select from depending on how exuberant you’re feeling. The Vanquish Volante also receives carbon ceramic brakes by Brembo, featuring massive 398mm discs up front and 360mm’s at the rear. 

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The folding roof is a triple skinned fabric item which can be lowered beneath a beautifully shaped tonneau in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph. The boot is quite capacious too with 279 liters on offer, that should be enough to carry a set of golf bats, or some guns, if that’s your thing, Bond. Inside it’s all lovely leather clad Vanquish coupe, and quite blue – good. 

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The Vanquish Volante goes on sale early next year with prices starting from precisely $297,995. Is it the prettiest Aston in the range? We think so.  

Now check out this sexy video of  ‘The Ultimate Volante’…

           

By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)

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