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Meet the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante
Zagato's Vanquish loses its double-bubble roof in favour of open skies. Like it?
If you like the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato but are, well, a little claustrophobic, then your prayers have been answered. Just in time for Pebble Beach, Zagato has found its ginormous tin opener and cranked the roof right open.
Of course, as the product of a fine British sports car maker and an exquisite Italian coachbuilder, the process will have been significantly more delicate than that. From its looks alone, the resulting Vanquish Zagato Volante did not want for time or love in its creation.
Like the hard-top version, it uses a 592bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine, firmly from Aston’s old-school rather than its renaissance, led by the new DB11. It’s good for a 3.7-second 0-62mph time, while its top speed should be a whisker shy of 200mph.Styling wise, it’s exceedingly close to the coupe version: the red paint and gold detailing remains (right down to the wheels, which you’ll love or hate), while the bonnet vent and Polo mint-like running lights remain, too.
Thanks to its sill and rear splitter treatment, its body appears to rise from a carbon base, which is quite cool. And there are plenty of lavish little details: note the wee Zs carved out around the rear lights.
The big departure is the lopping off of Zagato’s trademark double-bubble roof, with the Vanquish Volante’s folding fabric hood in its place. We’ve not seen pictures of it roof-up yet, but then we imagine that this is a car designed for sunny climes where such an occasion will be rare.
Inside things are a little different, with a new tan colour scheme to complement the herringbone carbon fibre and anodised bronze detailing. Thanks to Aston Martin’s Q division, which allows your wildest paint and trim fantasies to come to fruition, none of that is set in stone, however.
With 99 set to roll of Aston’s Gaydon production line, your imagination will (if you have around £500,000) get the chance to run wild, too. The Volante is a response to those left unsated by the coupe’s 99-strong run, mind, so it would appear there’s a lively queue waiting by the order book already.
If you could, would you?