2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
Aston Martin unveiled the Beat Volante – a arresting new luxuriousness sports car that brings the chill of afford top motoring to the first-rate GT course.
Aboard its coupe sibling, launched to universal acclamation in the fall of 2012, the Aston Martin Shell Volante sits at the height of the sumptuousness British carmaker’s sports car line-up.
Benefitting from all of the expert, technology and designing advances salute in the Shell coupe, the new Volante enhances the drive have silence farther done the pick of exciting transmutable impulsive.
Outright decent one of the virtually beautiful cars in its family, Aston Martin Beat Volante crucially retains the coupe’s dynamical lineament and clean potentiality. It boasts the like new AM11 6.0-litre V12 locomotive as the coupe and the like vesiculation functioning figures, signification the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) dash is despatched in scarce 4.1 seconds (estimated) piece the top amphetamine stands at 183 mph (294 km/h).
Aston Martin Crush Volante is the get-go full c fibre-skinned Volante in the stain’s 100-year story, piece likewise beingness the stiffest Volante structure yet created by the technology squad at Aston Martin’s planetary HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. The new car’s triple-skin whippersnapper material ceiling takes fair 14 seconds to sheepfold.
Announcing the reaching of the Shell Volante Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez aforementioned: “This car is what sumptuosity ace GT drive is all most. Gravid execution, grotesque manner and elating Volante motoring in one brilliant box.
2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
“Aston Martin is celebrating 100 eld of excellency in 2013, and the arriver of this new sports car – our ultimate Volante – underlines that our delegation to piddle the adjacent 100 age level more successful is start dead.”
The pattern of Aston Martin Crush Volante represents the modish acquire Aston Martin’s iconic optical nomenclature. Styling cues such as the graceful shank, prolonged slope strakes and LED taillight blades are derived from the One-77 supercar spell the fold material cap sits below a tonneau and decklid that birth been aerodynamically tuned for optimal execution.
The windshield, interim, is now wax peak – a low for Aston Martin – which substance that the methamphetamine runs capable fulfil the textile ceiling, thereby achieving a peculiarly neat modulation.
The Aston Martin Shell Volante’s ‘courtship’ of c character panels cloaks a cabin that is both advanced and comfy. The 2+2 cabin is elegantly appareled in unquestionable and epicurean materials: wide ingrain Luxmil leather with optional quilting, metallic controls and satin chromium-plate cut emphasise the car’s well-found nature.
Apiece personify empanel on the car is constructed from c fiber not barely because of its highschool strength-to-weight proportion, but besides for its tractableness of mannequin. This not solitary reduces bulk but substance that fewer person eubstance panels are compulsory – reduction joints and contributive to a more tenacious and lithe form.
As hardheaded as it is well-groomed, the Aston Martin Shell Volante boasts a flush that’s amply 50% bigger than that of the premature DBS Volante. It measures 279 litres – roof up or down – and makes the new Aston Martin the perfect choice for continent-crossing grand tours as well as daily drives.
Perhaps one of the most striking interior design elements is the centre stack with refinements providing a more elegant form that is also more intuitive and accessible for both driver and front seat passenger.
A direct descendent of the One-77 centre stack, the Vanquish and Vanquish Volante’s set-up retains familiar elements such as the ECU engine start button and glass gear selection buttons while featuring a new infotainment system and a significantly more user-friendly design.
The facia trim now stretches down the whole centre stack and is manufactured from a single piece of material giving a uniform finish.
The user interface boasts a simple, ergonomically efficient layout as well as technological updates that make it the brand’s most advanced in-car system available today.
Capacitive glass buttons with illumination and haptic feedback feature in the rest of the centre stack’s switchgear. Haptic feedback is more commonly found in touch-screen mobile phones and Aston Martin became among the first significant luxury car manufacturers in the world to use the technology in a series production model when it debuted on Vanquish coupe in 2012.
Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman explained: “Vanquish Volante is a sports car, of course, but more even than that it is the ultimate Volante. A car which follows a long line of elegant Aston Martin convertibles, this super GT is sculpted to convey sophistication as much as raw power.
“The aerodynamically shaped tonneau, the proportions of the folding fabric roof, the luxurious nature of the cabin – these elements have been pored over by the Design team, working with our Engineering colleagues, to ensure we deliver the aesthetic appeal for which Aston Martin is renowned around the world.”
Under its curvaceous carbon fibre bonnet the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante comprises the latest generation AM11 naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine which drives the rear wheels via a Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox.
The V12’s power peak of 573 PS (565 bhp) arrives at 6,750 rpm while the torque peak of 620 Nm (457 lb ft) is available at 5,500 rpm. These numbers translate into performance that matches the Vanquish coupe’s and ensures the new car supports its Super GT billing.
The dynamics have been tuned precisely, with new springs and damper settings calibrated to deliver the same crisp handling yet compliant ride as the coupe.
Strenuous efforts have been made to limit the new car’s weight; contributing to its impressive performance, agile handling and compelling power-to-weight ratio. The combination of controlled weight, near-perfect 51:49 weight distribution, a powerful V12 engine and a performance-honed six-speed transmission unite to make the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante as rewarding on the move as it is beautiful standing still.
Like its coupe counterpart, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante uses the latest generation of Aston Martin’s class-leading VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture, a lightweight bonded aluminium structure that provides outstanding strength and rigidity. In this iteration, the Vanquish now includes the addition of significant semi-structural carbon fibre components, as well as the use of bonding derived directly from the latest aerospace technologies.
As well as being light, strong and flexible in its application, the gen4 VH architecture is also extremely rigid. The new Vanquish Volante is, in fact, 14% torsionally stiffer than the DBS Volante which preceded it, making it highly resistant to flex and allowing for responsive and predictable handling.
This rigid structure also provides an ideal foundation from which the suspension can control the vehicle effectively, further highlighting the importance of the body structure and the effect it has on the dynamic performance of the car.
Aston Martin’s engineering teams have worked particularly hard to minimise the weight outside the wheelbase of the new car to reduce yaw inertia. As a result, carbon fibre has been used extensively in the rear structure and the weight of the aluminium front structure has been limited.
To take full advantage of its precise and rigid architecture, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante employs a battery of sophisticated technologies including Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Positive Torque Control (PTC).
Aston Martin’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS) allows the driver to switch between three distinct damping modes: Normal, Sport and Track, delivering instant adjustment of the car’s ride and handling characteristics.
The ADS automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the driver has high levels of control at all times, with the ability to respond quickly to different driving conditions. The different damping modes available help significantly broaden the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante’s character, adapting its set-up to suit the driver’s mood and requirements. Thus it can be a cruising GT car in Normal mode with the capacity to morph into an assertive sports car in Sport and Track modes.
The damper settings are determined by an electronic control unit which takes sensor readings from the car’s systems including throttle position, brake position, steering wheel rotation and vehicle speed. This data establishes the prevailing driving conditions and the demands the driver is making on the car.
Steering, too, is crisp, precise and communicative. The rack’s quick 15:1 ratio – 2.6 turns lock-to-lock – is allied to speed sensitive power assistance that’s tuned to deliver optimum assistance.
The car’s braking system features third generation Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) parts to deliver shorter stopping distances with resistance to fade in even the most demanding driving conditions. CCM brakes are also lighter than a conventional system, reducing the weight of the car overall and, in particular, the unsprung weight and rotational masses, further enhancing the performance of the suspension.
The front brakes use 398 mm x 36 mm CCM discs with larger front pads and six-piston callipers from the One-77, while the rear brakes use 360 mm x 32 mm CCM discs with four-piston callipers.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez added: “Vanquish Volante, like the Vanquish coupe before it, uses the very latest technologies employed in the very best ways to create a sports car which is easy to control, and to enjoy dynamic performance at the finest level.
“This is not simply a great-looking car – this is a great car engineered and crafted for the connoisseur by people dedicated to delivering exceptional sports cars with clearly defined characters.”
Priced from £199,995 RRP in the UK; €264,995 RRP in Germany; $297,995 MSRP in the United States and $323,974 RRP in Dubai, first deliveries of the new sports car are expected to begin in the UK and Continental Europe late in 2013.