It may seem that we here at Car leasing made simple talk about Aston Martin a lot. Whether it is a mention of their new DB9, a share of their promotional video for the V12 Vantage S or even talking about their recent recalls (for a breakable pedal arm!) Aston Martin is never far from our minds. Who can really blame us though? We are suckers for beautiful cars and Aston Martins never fail to deliver in that department (apart from the Lagonda maybe, both new and old models leave a slightly bad taste in the mouth.) Thankfully Aston Martin have stuck with their beautiful theme when it comes to the 2014 Vanquish Volante. The most recent release from the legendary British car manufacturer, the new convertible takes everything that was great about the coupe and transfers it to open top driving. Read on to find out more about the new release.
Is The Vanquish Volante Ridiculously QUICK?
Yes, is the short answer. It uses the same engine as the 2012 coupe, a 6.0-litre V12 AM11 to be exact, with Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic gearbox. This outputs an impressive 565 bhp which results in a face meltingly fast 0-62 mph of 4.1 seconds. Top speed sits at 183 mph, which is quick enough in our opinion. It is also the first full carbon fibre skinned Volante in the brands 100 year history. With body panels created from carbon fibre the cars weight to strength ratio, and also its flexibility, are greatly improved. This reduces the number of joints required for a smoother finish. The few joints that are present are held together by the latest in aerospace bonding technology. If only the Volante had wings! The cars visual design takes many aspects from the One-77 supercar, such as stretched side strakes and the LED rear light blades. In addition to this the windscreen reaches all the way up to the roof (a first for Aston Martin) which creates a full and clean transition. This lightweight frame combined with the Vertical Horizontal (VH) architecture provides great strength and rigidity. The 2014 Volante is 14% torsionally stiffer than its previous incarnation, this means the car is more resistant to flex and has far more responsive handling. A 51:49 weight distribution finishes of the intricately designed body perfectly. As part of this ideal distribution weight outside the wheel arch has been highly limited to reduce yaw and inertia. As a result carbon fibre has been used in the rear whereas the aluminium front has been stripped as much as possible. To fully utilise this perfect balance Aston Martin have implemented their Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Positive Torque Control (PTC). Alongside this the Adaptive Damping System (ADS) allows the driver to switch between damping modes. You can select either normal, sport or track which instantly adjusts the cars characteristics. (We bet 90% of people always have it on sport though, we know we would!) The car also comes fitted with Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes which provide shorter stopping distances. Thanks to their lightweight construction they further contribute to the cars weight distribution.
What Is The Inside Like?
The leather steering wheel also assists with the cars fantastic handling. A 15:1 ratio of 2.6 turns from lock to lock works alongside speed sensitive power assistance to give the perfect drive no matter how fast you are travelling. Luxmil leather adorns the rest of the interior along with metal controls and satin chrome trim. The centre stack is even more intuitive and practical, for both driver and passenger, than previous models. It includes the ECU engine start button, glass gear selection buttons and a brand new infotainment system. The brands most advanced infotainment system ever incorporates haptic feedback, a system more commonly found in smartphones, on the previously mentioned glass gear selector buttons. If you were planning on taking a trip to Skegness this summer you will also be glad to know that the boot is 50% larger than the previous Volante. It provides 2,179 litres of storage whether the roof is up or down. Now for the part where everyone winces, the cost. With a starting price £5 short of the magic £200,000 (that’s £199,995 for the mathematically challenged out there) it is not cheap, but we are sure you were not expecting it to be. If you had your heart set on an Aston Martin but do not want to fork out the price of a house for one then check out our great Aston Martin leasing deals here. Written by Ryan Hill