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Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

By raccars Published

It's the most expensive car in the Aston Martin line up, but can the Vanquish Volante justify its £200,000 price tag?

The luxury British sports car manufacturer has put on a number of well hyped events this year to celebrate its centenary. However, underneath the gloss and the glamour of the iconic badge, the company's corporate status has taken a severe bashing over the last few years. Added to severe financial losses was the short lived venture into city car territory with the ill fated Cygnet.

However, through the turbulence, the firm managed to lure in new investors and secure a supply contract with AMG.

The convertible Volante's hardtop parent car, the Vanquish coupe, was something of a pinnacle of achievement for Aston Martin on release last year, riding upon an all new aluminium platform and powered by a modern V12. The Vanquish Volante took inspiration from both the DBS Volante and DB9 Volante but is very much a stand alone model. Serious development work resulted in rafts of carbon fibre, not so much for practical reasons but to produce the supreme exterior elegance that has always been a hallmark of the brand.

The 6.0 litre V12 powertrain provides 565bhp, a 183mph top speed and gets it from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds. However, it all feels a lot more civilised than the Vantage S, which shares the same engine but has been given a racy tune up. The Vanquish Volante offers huge amounts of refinement even at ridiculous speeds. It is armed with a six speed ZF automatic transmission and an engine management feature that prevents the overenthusiastic from reaching the redline. Frustrating, but there are probably those who need saving from themselves in this situation. Its sophisticated performance is assisted by adaptive suspension with three selectable driving modes.

The Aston Martin Vanquish Volante is a pretty forgiving ride in general. Let your right foot do its worst and you'll get a glimpse of its potential, but there's enough traction and grip to protect the foolhardy.

Aston has also put some work into rigidity but there are times, when driving on poor surfaces for example, when the car's convertible status intrudes with a gentle shake. Nonetheless, the Vanquish Volante's composure remains excellent, barely admitting wind or road noise.

It's a glorious car but it's hard to work out exactly what's worth the premium over rivals, the Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster or the Bentley Continental GT Speed Convertible, except perhaps the exclusivity of the Aston Martin badge.

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