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2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante - $300k, 565 hp V12

Greg Emmerson
Jun 19, 2013 SHARE

If, for some reason, you're on the fence about wanting the new 6.0-liter V12, 565hp, 457 lb-ft of torque Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, we recommend you watch the video link below to truly appreciate how it will make you more attractive to the opposite sex!

Following behind last year's new Vanquish, Volante now sits at the pinnacle of the British carmaker's lineup. It retains the coupe's good looks and dynamic performance, as well as its 183mph top speed thanks the folding fabric roof, tonneau and decklid being aerodynamically tuned for high performance.

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Setting new standards, this will be Aston's first carbon fiber-bodied Volante in the brand's 100-year history. It's triple-skinned fabric roof can be operated at speeds up to 30mph and takes just 14sec to fold, making it almost as fast as the car itself. As with the coupe, the Vanquish Volante takes styling cues like the elegant waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades from the One-77 supercar.

The 2+2 cabin is wrapped in full grain Luxmil leather with optional quilting, while Alcantara and satin chrome underscore the luxury nature.

The new center console is said to be more intuitive and accessible for both driver and front seat passenger. It's another descendent of the One-77, giving the Vanquish and Volante familiar elements such as the engine start button and gear selection buttons, while featuring a new infotainment system and more user- friendly design.

Glass buttons with illumination and haptic feedback feature in the rest of the center stack's switchgear. Haptic feedback is more commonly found in touchscreen mobile phones, but Aston Martin became among the first luxury car manufacturer to use the technology in a production model when it debuted on Vanquish coupe in 2012.

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Under the carbon fiber hood is the latest generation AM11 naturally aspirated 6.0-liter V12 engine that drives the rear wheels via a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic transmission. The 565hp peak power arrives at 6750rpm, while peak torque of 457 lb-ft is available at 5500rpm.

Thanks to new production techniques, the gen4 VH body architecture is extremely rigid, allowing the Vanquish Volante to be 13% torsionally stiffer than the DBS Volante that preceded it.

This rigid structure provides a solid foundation for the suspension to control the vehicle effectively. It uses Aston Martin's Adaptive Damping System (ADS) that allows the driver to switch between three modes: Normal, Sport and Track, delivering instant adjustment of the car's ride and handling characteristics.

The ADS automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the driver has high levels of control at all times, with the ability to respond quickly to different driving conditions.

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The damper settings are determined by an ECU that uses the car's throttle position, brake position, steering rotation and vehicle speed. This data establishes the prevailing driving conditions and the demands the driver is making on the car.

The brakes features Brembo's third generation Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes to deliver shorter stopping distances with resistance to fade. The CCM brakes are lighter than a conventional system, further enhancing the performance of the suspension.

And let's face it, when your carbon fiber-bodied $297,995 convertible arrives early next year, you've got to hope it gets you some action...

The front brakes use 398x36mm CCM rotors and six-piston calipers from the One-77, while the rear uses 360x32mm rotors with four-piston calipers. Priced from $297,995 in the US, deliveries of the 2014 Vanquish Volante are expected to begin early next year.

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