Aston Martin unveils rapid rag top

DAVID MCCOWEN
Last updated 09:54 21/06/2013

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A newly unveiled plaque marks the original home where Aston Martin cars were first manufactured in 1913 by Bamford & Martin Ltd, on January 15, 2013 in Brompton, central London, England.
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A newly unveiled plaque marks the original home where Aston Martin cars were first manufactured in 1913 by Bamford & Martin Ltd, on January 15, 2013 in Brompton, central London, England.

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Feeling the winter blues? Aston Martin has something that will wipe them away - and blow your hat off!

No matter how tough you are though, you probably won't want to have this Aston Martin's top down in many parts of New Zealand at the moment.

Meet the convertible version of the V12-powered Vanquish coupe.

Powered by a 6.0-litre, 421kW V12 engine, the Vanquish Volante promises to be one of the fastest and most expensive cars Aston Martin has built. Cloaked in a carbon-fibre body, the car is capable of accelerating from 0-100kmh in just over four seconds before reaching a top speed of almost 300kmh.

Carbon-ceramic brakes should help keep performance in check and driver-adjustable suspension can be tailored to different environments.

The car has a cloth roof that can be folded in just 14 seconds.

Aston Martin has not yet said when the car will be on sale in this part of the world and, as for a price tag, it will set you back £199,995 (NZ$399,633) in the UK; €264,995 (NZ$451,570) in Germany; US$297,995 (NZ$384,147) in the US and US$323,974 (NZ$417,613) in Dubai.

When it becomes availabke, it will be up against serious competition from the likes of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster, Ferrari California, and Porsche 911 Turbo.

The Volante will join a rejuvenated supercar stable capped by the Vantage V12 S, Aston Martin’s most extreme mainstream sportscar.

It may also be sold alongside the brand’s 100th birthday present to itself, the open-topped, race-inspired CC100 Speedster concept.

First deliveries are expected to begin in the UK and Europe late in 2013.

-Fairfax Media Australia

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