The Volante shares the technical, engineering and many of the design characteristics of the Vanquish coupe, including a 6.0-litre V-12 engine that produces 565 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque and the 294-km/h top speed it enables. It drives the rear wheels through a 'Touchtronic 2' six-speed automatic transmission.
The carbon-fibre body panels exhibit not only a high strength-to-weight ratio, but also flexibility of form, which combine to reduce both mass and the number of individual body panels required – thus reducing joints and contributing to a more coherent shape.
A first for an Aston Martin convertible is a full height windshield with glass that runs all the way up to meet the fabric roof.
The triple-skin lightweight top can be operated at speeds of up to 48 km/h and takes just 14 seconds to switch from enclosed to open top driving, or vice versa, even while on the move.
A new centre stack is said to be significantly more user-friendly, with a new infotainment system and capacitive glass buttons with haptic feedback feature in its switchgear.
From a practical perspective, the new Volante's trunk is 50% larger than in the previous DBS Volante, with 279 litres of space with the roof up or down.
Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez said of the Volante: "This car is what luxury super GT driving is all about... Aston Martin is celebrating 100 years of excellence in 2013, and the arrival of this new sports car – our ultimate Volante – underlines that our mission to make the next 100 years even more successful is starting perfectly."
North-American deliveries of the 2014 Vanquish Volante are expected to begin early next year.