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This breathe-taking chunk of design and lightweight materials you see before you is the new Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. It’s been a busy year for Aston Martin so far, we’ve already been treated to the standard coupe Vanquish, the V12 Vantage S and the CC100 Speedster concept.
For the first time in one of their convertible offerings, Aston reports that every panel you see is produced from carbon fibre. Yet, despite the commitment to lightweight materials, the Volante is still two-tenths of a second slower to sixty than its hard-topped sibling (4.3 to 4.1 for the coupe).
Despite the acceleration figures the two cars are mostly identical. They both share the same 6.0-litre V12 and produce the same 565bhp and 457lb ft of torque delivered to the rear wheels by the same six-speed automatic ‘Touchtronic 2’ gearbox.
The lightweight folding roof is comprised of three layers of ‘skin’ and is reported to fold away in just 14 seconds and sit beneath an aerodynamically designed rear cover. Aston have made a series of improvements in this latest evolution of the VH bonded aluminium structure and as such the Vanquish Volante is 14 per cent stiffer than the DBS Volante.
The latest Aston also gets 398mm Brembo carbon ceramic brakes at the front and 360mm discs on the rear, which will no doubt come in useful if any driver decides to test the claimed 183mph top speed. There are also new suspension and damper settings and a generous array of driver aids including adaptive damping which has three settings; normal, sport and track.
The Vanquish Volante is available to order now for £199,995 and deliveries are due to begin at the end of 2013.