2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante sports convertible review
Our Rating

4.5/5

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante sports convertible review

As what is probably the last naturally-aspirated V12 Aston Martin, the Vanquish S Volante is both stunning to look at and drive. But does it stack up with more modernised rivals? We find out…

Introduction

Originally released back in 2013, the current Vanquish seems to defy ageing by still looking amazing four years on. The S version was unveiled in 2016 and at the time of writing, is likely to be the last naturally-aspirated V12 Aston Martin ever – which is a crying shame.

Although it is a relative pensioner in terms of technology when compared to modern super GT cars, it is still an Aston Martin, so it offers a premium finish and top-level performance.

But with the battle against high emissions continuing to run on and on, does the Vanquish S Volante make sense anymore, or is it a roaring encore for the V12 era?

2016 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante super GT convertible

Performance

As with the initial 2013 Vanquish, the S comes with a 6.0-litre V12 engine paired with an eight-speed transmission – which is a very smooth combination indeed when on the move at normal speeds. The S comes with 27bhp more than the standard version, with 592bhp and 630Nm of torque kicked out through the rear wheels.

With all of that combined – and despite it weighing 100kg more than the Coupe version – the S Volante can go from 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 197mph. It may not be the fastest super GT out there, but it is one of the most theatrical with the raucous V12 a sound to behold when you put your foot down. If you are after a car that excites all the senses, this could be the one for you.

2016 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante super GT convertible

Ride & Handling

This is definitely set up to be an excellent cruiser and when you get onto wider roads it really shines as a comfortable and capable GT car. With compliant suspension out of sport mode, it really is a good car for a long drive that can be exhilarating when you need it to be.

Switch it into Sport mode and tackle a twisty road, however, and you will find that even though there are nimbler cars out there, the heavyweight can hold its own. As with most Astons, the chassis is beautifully engineered and when it needs to be leant on, the dampers cope well in most situations. Obviously, it can feel harsher on British roads due to the firmer suspension, but for the majority of the time spent in Comfort you will find it is a lovely place to be.

2016 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante super GT convertible

Interior & Equipment

This is where the Vanquish S line-up is let down, as the interior isn’t exactly what you would call current. With a rather blocky and small infotainment display, a button-heavy central console and out-dated dials, the Vanquish S has been left behind by more modern premium models – with more adopting cleaner central panels.

But what you do get is hand-stitched leather sports seats, premium customisation options and two rear seats – although they’re not adult friendly.

On the test car we had, it came with over £7,000-worth of extras, but some of the standard features include a Bang & Olufsen surround-sound system, carbon-fibre features on the exterior and 20-inch alloy wheels. Despite the £200,000 purchase price, Aston expects people to add plenty of additional equipment when buying one to enhance and personalise their models.

The fabric folding roof blocks out the noise when needed and drops quickly enough so that you can take in your surroundings.

2016 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante super GT convertible

Cost

If you’re in the market for a Vanquish S Volante, you’re going to need deep pockets, as prices start from £211,950. With extras you could be looking well over the £220,000 mark – but if you’re able to afford the base model, why wouldn’t you spruce it up a bit?

The Volante is classed in the top insurance group and top emissions group, so will be quite expensive to run when you get your hands on it. Fuel stops will be quite frequent if you use it often, as the 21.6mpg figure means it doesn’t sip but gulp its petrol down. But if you’re able to afford the car itself, the running costs won’t be that big a factor.

2016 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante super GT convertible

Verdict

In no way can we say that the Vanquish S Volante is perfect, as the interior is not up to a modern standard and doesn’t quite match 2017 models in terms of a premium finish. However, with that aside, you can see what the Vanquish S is supposed to offer you. An exciting engine, great performance and a composed ride in most situations help to make the Vanquish S Volante a truly enticing option in the super GT market. A fitting swansong for the V12 engine that has served Aston Martin so very well.

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