With the sleek and elegant 2014 Vanquish Coupe making its way into Aston Martin showrooms, the company has unveiled the next chapter in the Vanquish story, the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. The Volante (Aston speak for convertible) aims to introduce buyers to a stylish droptop that is not only an elegant alternative to the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider and the Mclaren MP4-12C Spider, but also chronicles several key milestones for the iconic British Brand which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary.The exterior styling of the Vanquish Volante is virtually identical to the Vanquish coupe, and that will please loyalists that were fond of the coupe’s clean lines, crisp curves, and elegant One-77 inspired tail lamp assemblies. However, unlike its heavier coupe sibling, the Volante’s body is entirely constructed out of carbon fiber, which is the first time such a feat has ever been done on an Aston Martin product. This unusual choice of material allows the Volante to shed excess weight and also improve the profile and build quality of the car since the process requires fewer body panels which ensures tighter fit and finish. In addition, it should allow the Volante to be much lighter than the 5500 lb Bentley Continental GTC Convertible. The Bentley is more of a luxury cruiser than a corner-carving performance car. Aston engineers have equipped this iteration of the Vanquish with a triple skin lightweight fabric roof which takes 14 seconds to fold in and out, and can be operated at speeds up to 30 mph (which cannot be said for some of its competitors). The whole assembly is discreetly stored under a lightweight tonneau cover that does not impact the car’s overall trunk space which should please buyers that need the otherwise tight accommodations to store golf clubs, groceries, or supplies for a weekend trip. Continuing its innovative theme, the Vanquish Volante will also be the first Aston drop-top to feature a “full height” windshield which features glass that stretches all the way up to the fabric of the top. This improves driver visibility as well as the car’s visual presentation when viewed by curious eyes.
The interior of the Vanquish Volante is also largely carried over from the coupe version and features extensive use of upscale materials such as satin chrome accents, Luxmil leather, and Alcantara which all blend together to create a stunning example of purposeful elegance. The cabin also gets some of its inspiration from the limited production One-77 supercar with this connection most noticeable in its center console design. The console not only houses the infotainment system and start button, but it is also home to the climate control and gear selector buttons.
Performance for the 2014 Vanquish Volante comes from the familiar 5.9 liter V12 which is borrowed from the Vanquish coupe and is good for a potent 565 horsepower and an equally stout 467 lb-ft of torque. While this is slightly lower than the 567 horsepower wielded by the fore-mentioned Bentley, it is higher than the Ferrari 458 Italia Spider and all of this muscle is channeled to the rear wheels through the company’s six speed Touchtronic 2 six speed automatic transmission which allows the Volante to reach a top speed of 183 mph and complete the dash to 60 mph in a brisk 4.1 seconds. Meanwhile meaty carbon ceramic Brembo brakes allow the car to achieve strong steady stops when its time to bring things to a halt.
Pricing for the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish will begin at a lofty $297,995 when it arrives on dealer lots later this year. Despite the 458 Italia Spider having a slightly lower base price of $257,412, the Aston makes up for it by being more comfortable to drive as well as being slightly more practical than the track oriented Ferrari. Aston Martin has released a brief video about the Volante which can be seen below.