The "S" stands for "sexy."
Has 600hp ever looked this good? This is the Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante – a gorgeous droptop gracing the Geneva floor with its sensual lines and generous use of carbon fibre while sitting on a set of stylish two-tone 20-inch alloys.
While the new DB11 has embraced turbocharging, the Vanquish in this hotter “S” specification still uses a “pure” engine taking the shape of a naturally-aspirated V12 6.0-litre delivering an extra 27hp over the non-S model.
Aside from boosting output, Aston Martin’s engineers have also fiddled with the intake system to provide, in Aston's words, “sensational throttle response.” Power delivery is smooth and linear all the way up to the redline thanks to the bigger inlet manifolds increasing the volume of airflow.
The new “S” model also welcomes a revised eight-speed transmission providing quicker shifts when you’re pushing the car to its limits and at the same time a smoother operation to enhance comfort while driving at cruising speed. Aston Martin has also tweaked the suspension to make the Vanquish S Volante sportier without negatively affecting the ride quality.
Buyers willing to dig deeper into their pockets can ask the folks from Gaydon to throw in more carbon fibre bits to complement the car’s new aerodynamic package. Bonnet louvres made from the lightweight material are on the options list where you'll also find a new type of quilted leather as well as a fascia panel interestingly called “Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre.”
Aston Martin is already taking orders for the Vanquish S Volante and its fixed roof counterpart with pricing kicking off at £199,950 in UK. If you would rather wait for a truly new convertible, the DB11 Volante will go on sale in the spring of 2018.
Source: Aston Martin