The 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante has been unleashed – and it’s beautiful to behold. The convertible Vanquish sports a 6.0-liter V12 engine with 565 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, which will propel the auto to a top speed of 183 mph.

Vanquish Volante is the first fully carbon fiber-skinned Volante in the brand’s 100-year history, while also being the stiffest Volante body structure yet created by the engineering team at Aston Martin’s global HQ in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England.

The new car’s triple-skin lightweight fabric roof can be operated at speeds of up to 30 mph and takes just 14 seconds to fold – meaning the switch from enclosed to open top motoring, or vice versa, can be made effortlessly while on the move.

The design of Vanquish Volante represents the latest take on Aston Martin’s iconic visual language. Styling cues such as the elegant waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are derived from the One-77 super car, while the folding fabric roof sits beneath a tonneau and decklid that have been aerodynamically tuned for optimum performance. Like its coupe cousin, the Vanquish Volante uses the latest generation of Aston Martin’s class-leading VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture, a lightweight bonded aluminium structure that provides outstanding strength and rigidity.

Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez said, “Vanquish Volante, like the Vanquish coupe before it, uses the very latest technologies employed in the very best ways to create a sports car which is easy to control, and to enjoy dynamic performance at the finest level. This is not simply a great-looking car – this is a great car engineered and crafted for the connoisseur by people dedicated to delivering exceptional sports cars with clearly defined characters.”

Cost starts at $297,995.

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