Vanquish S Volante launched

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HOT ON THE HEELS of the sen­sa­tional Vanquish S (as fea­tured in our cover story, start­ing on page 52), As­ton Martin has re­leased images of the Volante ver­sion, for which or­ders are now be­ing taken.

More ex­pen­sive than the coupé at £211,950 (com­pared with £199,950), the Vanquish S Volante there­fore be­comes the most ex­pen­sive se­ries-pro­duc­tion car cur­rently sold by As­ton. For that you get the same, brilliant, 5.9-litre V12 en­gine, in­cor­po­rat­ing re­vised in­let man­i­folds for bet­ter breath­ing and help­ing lift the out­put to a stu­pen­dous 595bhp at 7000rpm with 465lb ft of torque at 5500rpm, mated to the lat­est eight-speed Touchtronic III trans­mis­sion.

No per­for­mance claims have yet been made, but the Volante is sure to be within a whisker of the coupé’s 0-62mph in 3.5sec and 201mph top speed (though pos­si­bly not with the top down).

Both Vanquish S mod­els fea­ture car­bon­fi­bre body pan­els with eye­catch­ing aero­dy­namic ad­di­tions, in­clud­ing a dra­matic front split­ter and down­forceen­hanc­ing rear dif­fuser, also crafted in car­bon­fi­bre. Un­der the skin, the S ben­e­fits from a num­ber of chas­sis up­grades, with damper in­ter­nals, spring rates and anti-roll bar bushes all re­tuned to give the car a greater feel­ing of con­trol. As we’ve dis­cov­ered, the changes have given the pro­duc­tion flag­ship As­ton a real edge.

Inside, there’s 2+2 seat­ing (though the rear seats are strictly for young­sters), a Bang & Olufsen hi-fi and the AMI III in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem with re­vamped sat-nav as stan­dard, plus the op­tion of the very strik­ing ‘Filo­graph’ quilt trim and ‘Chopped Car­bon Fi­bre’ fa­cia.

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