The Monterey Car Week is a highlight for lovers of classic cars.
There is a large selection of some significant, beautiful cars on show with decades of history among them. Making modern cars stand out when in such illustrious company can be a little difficult but in 2016 Aston Martin has been up to every challenge. The Vanquish Zagato was launched earlier in 2016 and this time around they launched the Vanquish Zagato Volante.
Even though it does not come with the double-bubble roof like the Zagato, the Volante is just as beautiful. It has bronze highlights around the exterior and interior of the car. Its body panels are made from a single piece of carbon fiber.
This may have been said earlier, but this year has been great for this automaker. After launching the twin-turbo DB11, Andy Palmer pledged full support for three-pedal excitement with a new manual V12 Vantage. Then there’s the AM-RB 001 project they are working on with Red Bull. There is something special happening in Gaydon right now, and the Vanquish Zagato Volante is just the icing on this cake.
Even though it has been based on the Zagato, Aston Martin makes a number of tweaks to the engine and bodywork for the Volante. There is a reworked AM29 6 L V12 under the hood, and the car gets a boost from 565 hp to 592 hp which means the car can cover 0-60 mph in 3.7 seconds.
In a world where the F12 Berlinetta can do the same distance in 3.1 seconds, this may not be the fastest. But to be hung up on numbers is missing the point when it comes to a masterpiece like this. There are very few experiences which would compare to driving this car down an open road with the top down.
The changes inside the car aren’t as pronounced. Even though there is the herringbone carbon fiber, unique seats and anodized bronze highlights, the basic architecture of the Aston Martin is unchanged.
Just 99 Volantes are going to be built, and deliveries are expected in 2017. Buying one is not going to be an easy feat. Both the price and the demand are anticipated to be high which means they will all probably end up with some lucky collectors.