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You can still buy a Vanquish Volante? Indeed you can. The new Aston Martin DB11 Volante is all well and good, but to start with it’s only available with the AMG V8. Your only way into an open-top, V12 Aston is to get one of these. And this isn’t the new turbocharged V12 we’re talking about, but the (very) old 5.9-litre nat-asp engine that’s been in service basically since the advent of internal combustion. That long, huh? Not really, but it feels like it. And you’ve not got long left, because when the Vanquish dies, in all likelihood the old V12 will die along with it (at least for non-special editions). So will the Volvo-based circa mid-Noughties switchgear and prehistoric infotainment system. Since this car was designed all those years ago (the platform is related, and not all that distantly, to the DB9’s) Aston has signed an agreement with Mercedes-AMG that will see them both co-operate on various things like powertrains and electrics. But this car’s basics predate that, so you still Bluetooth your phone to “Aston Martin Vanquish” rather than “MB Bluetooth”, like you have to in the DB11.