Aston Martin Celebrates Its 100th Year With The All New 2014 Vanquish Volante

2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante 13 Aston Martin Celebrates Its 100th Year With The All New 2014 Vanquish Volante

Aston Martin, the car James Bond drives, has revealed their latest in the line of Super GT cars – the Vanquish Volante. Its predecessor, the Vanquish was gifted to sports car enthusiasts last autumn. With the introduction of the Volante variant, the leading car makers have introduced a convertible side to the experience of motoring. The engine retains the power of the Vanquish model and delivers a peak of 573 PS (565 bhp) at 6,750 rpm while the torque peak of 620 Nm (457 lb ft) is experienced at 5,500 rpm top speeds of 294 kmph. It accelerates from 0 to 100 kmph in an enviable 4.1 seconds owing to its AM11 6.0 liter V12 engine. It packs in a six speed automatic transmission unit. On the exterior too, the car introduces a flexible carbon fiber skin meant to enhance the robustness of the vehicle.

The material ensures that the requirement of joints is done away with. The new design is thus more continuous and stylish. The bonding has been the product of years of aerospace research. The patented VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture and the use of aluminium adds to the lightness of the car. Even the brakes used are of Brembo Carbon Ceramic Matrix that is not only lighter but also better. Lightness contributes to swifter driving as the driver is in complete control of the car’s movements and can manage bends easily. That it does not compromise on the rigidity of the car is evident from its suspension system. These improvisations are further boosted by the use of latest technologies like Dynamic Stability Control and Positive Torque Control. More power is given to the driver by allowing him to swap between three modes of driving – Normal, Track or Sport as per the requirements and driving conditions. By the use of the Automatic Damping System, the driver can choose to metamorphose a simple GT car in Normal mode to a blazing sports car in Sport or Track modes in no time. The requirement of the change of modes is conveyed to the driver by an in-built electronic control unit that takes driving data and statistics and generates the optimum mode the driver should switch to. It also serves to make the car stronger yet lighter. It is the first time this technology has been adopted in the 100 years of the maker’s existence. The roof is made of lighter fabric and opens up in a mere 14 seconds. Another first is the height of the windscreen. It now reaches up to the roof unlike the previous models. The interiors do not fail to amaze. The 2+2 seating capacity is enhanced by Luxmil leather covers with an option to add quilting. The occupants can control several features using the metallic buttons and satin chrome trim. The tank capacity has been increased too with the Volante offering a whopping 279 liters of fuel storage. One can conveniently cross boundaries without any pit stops. The engineers have come a long way to improve the in-car entertainment options and the easy accessibility to them by both the driver and the passengers. The interface is simple to understand and gets updated to stay abreast of the latest technological innovations. The car is expected to be launched late this year at UK and Europe and has been priced at $297995 at the United States and at £199995 in the United Kingdom.

Overall, a lot of thought in design and performance has gone into this car. It aptly marks the century year of English car maker and paves the way for another century of exhilarating design and scorching performance indices.

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