Aston Martin thinks it can disguise the fact that it was out testing the upcoming Vanquish Volante on the Nürburgring. Lucky for us, the camouflage doesn't do much to hide the svelte lines of Aston's newest convertible.
There was little doubt in anyone's mind that this new droptop was in the works. After taking the wraps off of the new Vanquish coupe last year, there was a good chance that Aston Martin would follow it up with a convertible – known in Aston parlance as Volante – within the next year.
As we can see from these photos, the Volante will differ little from the Vanquish coupe, minus the lack of roof. The long and graceful styling of the coupe has been maintained, and we think that the Vanquish's bulging haunches actually look more pronounced on the Volante compared to the coupe and its flowing roofline. In place of the roof will be a power-folding cloth top, as Aston has used on past Volante models; don't expect to see a folding hardtop anytime soon. We're also glad that the British marque managed to hold onto the Mobius-strip-like front diffuser and rear spoiler from the Vanquish coupe. They look quite fetching on the hardtop, and we expect they will look equally as dashing on the droptop.
The powertrain is expected to carry over from the Vanquish coupe unchanged. That means the Vanquish Volante will use a sonorous 5.9-liter V-12 engine paired with a six-speed sequential manual transmission. Power figures are a healthy 565 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque. While the coupe can sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and hit a top speed of 183 mph, expect the Volante's numbers to soften a bit due to the cloth top.
Expect to see the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante make its debut later this year, potentially at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall.