If there was anything else Aston Martin could’ve done to make the Vanquish S coupe — freshly unveiled only two months ago — an even more covetable car, it would be to take its top off to indulge their drivers in a little bit of unadulterated V12 symphony.
Sensibly, that’s what they did, and so now we have the Vanquish S Volante, a drop-top version of its namesake, and Aston’s naturally-aspirated V12 swan song.
The Vanquish S Volante bears similarities to its fixed top twin, even mechanically, so if you’re a fan of the latter, you’ll be pleased to know that the convertible is just as astounding. This is because when it comes to powertrain, it is an endangered breed with its 5.9-litre V12 that produces vital stats in the range of 580hp and 630Nm.
Performance figures aren’t yet announced, but it shouldn’t be far off from the coupe’s 3.5 second sprint to 100kph and 323kph top speed. Unlike the new DB11, there aren’t any turbochargers, so throttle response is incredible without turbo lag, and sound will be an unavoidable issue. People will hear you before they see you.
When it comes to aesthetics, the Vanquish S Volante is undoubtedly one stunning ride. The small cowl humps add a racey feel to the grand tourer, while the finned side vents arrow into a line that runs gracefully into the door panel. Its rolling shoulder line deftly hugs the curves of the hunched arches; and then there’s the 20-inch wheels with contrasting spokes that look like they’re suspended in mid-air. Lashings of exposed carbon fibre on the rear diffuser envelop the quad exhaust outlets from which the prophetic thunder emits.
The British marque describes this as ‘the ultimate super GT’, and it’s easy to see why. Its facade is a work of art, with every line of its body slithering from the grille to the back without so much as a tinge of awkwardness, and it’s hard to stop gushing about the impeccable engine. Who knew the Vanquish S would be so much better with just a little lesser?