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Official: 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante drops its mind-blowingly beautiful top (Autoblog)

Filed under: Convertible, Performance, Aston Martin, UK, Luxury

Behold the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante in all its convertible glory.
Like its hard top twin, the convertible Vanquish boasts a 5.9-liter V12 engine
with 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. That thrust is good enough
to push the car to a top speed of 183 miles per hour, and Aston Martin says
the 2014 Vanquish Volante is the first of the company’s convertibles to bow
with body panels comprised entirely of carbon fiber. It also offers the
stiffest body structure in the history of the automaker’s droptop efforts.

The machine’s power three-layer top can be put up or down at speeds of up to
30 mph and can do its dance in around 14 seconds. Interestingly, designers
went with a full-length windshield, which runs directly up to the cloth top.
there is no sheetmetal (or in this case, carbon fiber) header between the
glass and the roof. Very cool.

A six-speed automatic transmission handles shifting duties and a new set of
springs and dampers help cope with altered dynamics of the convertible. Aston
Martin claims the 2014 Vanquish Volante offers up a weight distribution …


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