Aston Martin Vanquish Volante 2014
The reign of the Vanquish never ceased; it was only delayed. The flagship model is once again a part of the Aston Martin stable, and for the first time ever, it comes with a retractable convertible top. It reprised its role as the premier model after leaving to learn some lessons from the high-dollar One-77. Those lessons are immediately noticeable after one look at the car’s curvaceous carbon fiber, which it makes absolute use of for its panels. The comparisons continue inside, where you’ll find an instrument panel and center console right out of the One-77. A new touch is the glass buttons with illumination and haptic feedback features. Yes, it is better than ever, but not all new. It utilizes a variant of the VH platform, which debuted in the 2004 D9, and it continues a design language first employed in 1993. It’s almost as if everything that once was, still is. But one thing the old Vanquish never was, was topless. The new car’s triple-skinned, lightweight fabric roof takes just 14 seconds to fold away, instantly preparing up to four passengers for motoring bliss.
Engine: 5.9-liter V-12
0-62: 4.1 seconds
Top Speed: 183 mph (limited)
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Torque: 457 foot-pounds