Palm Springs, California. Just over 100 miles east of Los Angeles and with a dry, desert sunny climate, Palm Springs has a sprinkling of stardust that came with residents that included Frank Sinatra & Lucille Ball, and stayed with a well preserved mid-century modern architectural style and streets lined with palm trees. The town (population 45,000) just makes me want a Pomelo Italiano, made with grapefruit vodka, Campari, and a splash of grapefruit juice, with a sugared rim.
Fittingly, Palm Springs recently hosted the global media launch of the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante, the convertible in the Vanquish range. The Vanquish Volante has a purr-inducing acceleration of 4.1secs and a blistering peak power of 573ps and is the most powerful convertible Aston Martin has ever produced. Top speed? 294 kph. So let’s get down to business, shall we? For those new to convertibles, most of them suffer the fate of anything that gets its roof pulled off – a lower level of stability than in the full-rooved models. The effects of this varies from model to model, but a typical symptom is reduced rigidity in the car body, and smaller boot size as the roof, when down, needs to live somewhere.
Aston Martin unveiled the stunning Appletree Green Volante at Palm Springs. It’s my favourite colour in the range. Aston Martin has engineered the Vanquish Volante from start to finish to be a convertible, and the result is the stiffest body they’ve produced yet in a convertible; this is a very good thing. Every panel has been made of carbon fibre plus the usual aluminum shell, so it’s light and hard. The fabric roof is pretty speedy too, taking just 14 seconds to fold down (which you can fold up and down on the move, as long as you are doing 30 kph or slower), and the boot capacity isn’t to be sniffed at either, clocking in at 279 litres of storage.
A sound system is business critical, and the Vanquish Volante doesn’t disappoint, with the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound – custom made for the Vanquish Volante – standard in every car. The interior is, as expected, nothing short of jaw-dropping.
There isn’t yet word on an ETA or price to Australia, but we’ll be sure to let you know when we do!
Discover the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante: http://www.astonmartin.com/vanquish-volante The Appletree Green exclusive images were provided by Aston Martin from the global media launch of the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante in Palm Springs, California.