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Christopher Bruce2013-06-19 13:22:09

Aston Martin Takes the Roof Off the Vanquish for the All Carbon Fiber Volante

It is the first time in its history that an Aston Martin Volante has had an all carbon fiber body

 
 
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The Vanquish Volante will go on sale at the end of the year

Aston MartinAston MartinAston MartinUnited Kingdom, 1914 > present62 models
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has taken the top off its new VanquishVanquishAston Martin VanquishUnited Kingdom, 2012 > present11 photos
to create its first Volante model ever with a fully carbon fiber body. Power for the Vanquish VolanteVanquish VolanteAston Martin Vanquish Vol...United Kingdom, 2014 > present6 photos
comes from the same 6.0-liter V12 as the Vanquish coupe with 565hp and 457lb-ft of torque, and Aston Martin estimates that it will take the convertible 4.1 seconds to reach 100km/h. The top speed is 183mph.

Aston’s Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic will be the only transmission available.

“This car is what luxury super GT driving is all about. Great performance, fantastic style and exhilarating Volante motoring in one superb package,” said Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez.

The styling is mostly identical to the coupe. It has the side strakes and rear LED lights from the limited One-77 supercar.

While all of the body panels are carbon fiber, the platform is aluminum with carbon fiber components

The roof is made of several layers of fabric and folds in 14 seconds. It sits under a power tonneau cover at the rear. For the first time in an Aston Martin Volante, the glass in the windshield runs up to the roof, which improves visibility and looks better. 

Compared to the previous DBS VolanteDBS VolanteAston Martin DBS VolanteUnited Kingdom, 2009 > present2 photos
, the truck is 50% larger at 279 liters with either the roof up or down.

Buyers request luxury from Aston Martin, so the interior can be covered in optional quilted leather and come with metal controls and satin chrome trim. It comes with Aston’s latest infotainment system with capacitive glass buttons with haptic feedback.

The Vanquish Volante comes standard with stability control, an electronic differential, three-mode adaptive damping and third-generation Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix.

The Vanquish Volante will cost £199,995 in the UK, €264,995 in Germany, $297,995 in the United States and $323,974 in Dubai. The first deliveries for the UK and Europe are expected in late 2013. 

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Aston MartinAston Martin
Vanquish Gen.1 [AM310]Vanquish Gen.1 [AM310]
Vanquish VolanteVanquish Volante
Engine
V 12
Displacement
362 cu in
Top Speed
183 mph
Transmission
6, Automatic
Maximum power
565 hp @ 6750 rpm
Type
Convertible (cabrio)
Fuel
Petrol
Fuel consumption (combined)
19.6 US MPG
price
$ 297.995
annual ownership cost
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