Aston Martin unveils Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible

Aston Martin unveils Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible. LIMITED-edition drop-top goes on show in California for first time.

Aston Martin has announced the launch of a new limited-edition convertible, the Vanquish Zagato Volante, at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance classic car event in northern California.

The Volante – which will be limited to a production run of just 99 cars – has been developed in the wake of the high demand for Vanquish Zagato Coupe announced in June.

The £154,900 Aston Martin DB11 packs a petrol 5.2-litre, V12 twin-turbo that sends it rocketing to 0 to 60mph in 3.7 seconds
The £154,900 Aston Martin DB11 packs a petrol 5.2-litre, V12 twin-turbo that sends it rocketing to 0 to 60mph in 3.7 seconds

Both cars are the latest results of a collaboration between the British sports car manufacturer and the Italian design house and coachbuilder that stretches back to the DB4 GT Zagato race car of 1960.

The craftsmanship associated with Aston Martin cars continues in the cabin
The craftsmanship associated with Aston Martin cars continues in the cabin

Previous convertibles include the V8 Vantage Volante, first shown in Geneva in 1987, and the DB AR1 in 2003, which was also limited to 99 units.

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The Vanquish Zagato Volante combines Zagato’s characteristic design details, with Aston Martin’s V12 engine, which will pump out 592bhp and return a 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds.

The Volante is limited to just 99 cars
The Volante is limited to just 99 cars

The Vanquish Zagato Volante shares its proportions with the Coupe, with details such as round tail light reflectors that use the same ‘bladed’ LED technology as the Aston Martin Vulcan supercar.

In addition, twin cowls on the rear deck blend into the leading edge of the luggage compartment, hiding a bespoke folding hood derived from the mechanism used in the ‘standard’ £205,000 Vanquish Volante, while carbon fibre sills around the lower body are designed to create a pronounced horizontal emphasis that runs from front to rear.

The £154,900 Aston Martin DB11 packs a petrol 5.2-litre, V12 twin-turbo that sends it rocketing to 0 to 60mph in 3.7 seconds
The £154,900 Aston Martin DB11 packs a petrol 5.2-litre, V12 twin-turbo that sends it rocketing to 0 to 60mph in 3.7 seconds

“Just like the Coupe, we have emphasised the way surfaces change and intersect to create a muscular form. We’ve endeavoured to create an elegant, flowing shape that really works to emphasise the car’s sculpted rear haunches,” said Aston Martin’s EVP and chief creative officer, Marek Reichman.

Aston Martin unveils Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible
Aston Martin unveils Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible

The craftsmanship associated with Aston Martin cars continues in the cabin, with Aston Martin’s specialist ‘Q’ division also able to add further personalisation and enhancements to a cabin finished with luxurious materials, including herringbone carbon-fibre, anodized bronze detailing and fine leather.

Aston Martin unveils Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible

 

“The Vanquish Zagato Volante illustrates the ways in which Aston Martin design can evolve in collaboration with such a trusted and long-standing partner,” says Reichman. “Vanquish Zagato Volante continues Aston

Martin’s new century of innovation and creativity, strengthening the association between these great automotive marques in the process.”

Aston Martin unveils Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible
Aston Martin unveils Vanquish Zagato Volante convertible

Customers lucky enough to bag one of the cars, which are expected to cost in excess of half a million pounds, will be able to take delivery from 2017.

(CRAIG THOMAS-Express.co.uk)

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