2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible

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$305,650 - $312,950 See Inventory Prices

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It is quite simply, a glorious looking vehicle especially in the brighter shades. Yes, the engine is almost 20 years old, yes, the car sits on an old architecture, yes, it is a dying breed. Does it all matters? Well, not really! The Vanquish still is one of the best GT cars out there that money can buy.


Aston Martin has forever been at the top of the heap when it comes to GT cars. The British car manufacturer has always ensured that driving pleasure remains a top priority no matter what. The flagship Vanquish brand has already made a mark for itself in the industry and the latest open top variant called the 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible takes everything to the next level.

Super? Yes, so much that the Vanquish is described as a ‘Super GT’ car by its makers. The noise emancipating from the exhaust of the V12 motor under the hood can easily convince the most-harshest of the critics in no time.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible Features

The 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible is available in a sole fully loaded trim, aptly called the Volante which roughly translates to ‘Flying’, is priced at a whopping $305,650. The AMG sourced naturally aspirated V12 motor and 8 speed automatic transmission is standard. The car is bedazzled to the brim with a whole lot of feel good elements. The satin chrome jewelry pack, the beautifully handcrafted leather interior and a banging 1000W Bang & Olufsen music system are some of the salient features on the Vanquish

Trim

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

MSRP

$305,650

Key

Satin chrome Jewelry pack

Features

Power fold exterior heated mirrors

 

Front and rear parking sensors

 

Cruise control

 

Tire pressure monitoring

 

Alarm and immobilizer

 

Remote control central door locking and boot release

 

Automatic temperature control

 

1000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 13-speaker audio system

 

Infotainment System (AMi) with capacitive switching

 

Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation

 

6.5” LCD Screen

 

DAB radio

 

AM/FM radio

 

USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility

 

A2DP Bluetooth audio

 

Single bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators

 

LED light blade tail-lamps

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Frankly, with one trim and limited customization options, buyers may feel left out for the lack of choices for the 2017 Vanquish Convertible. However, you do get options to change the appearance of your vehicle, ranging from exterior shades to surrounds around the front grille. These may sound absurd, but if you look at the bigger picture, the car does stand out in the crowd with these appearance centric changes. 

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible Engine

“The 2017 Vanquish could get by on looks and sound alone, but it also drives well. Not an objectively small car, it feels compact on narrow canyon roads.”- Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

The 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible is powered by a 6.0-liter naturally aspirated V12 motor paired to an 8-speed auto shifter. The engine churns out 568 hp @ 6650 rpm and 465 lb.-ft. torque. Push the start button and a growling sound welcomes you making you aware about what the car beholds. You get paddle shifters for a sportier feel and different driving modes to choose from. The cabin noise is well within control considering it is a convertible, and you need to applaud Aston Martin for splendid NVH levels.  The engine produces a baritone that is second to none and the gearbox is superb with slick shifts. The motor does lack that instant push from the turbo and needs to be truly pushed to its 7000 rpm redline to exploit its true potential.

Models

Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible

Bentley Continental GT

Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible

MSRP

$305,650

$236,100

$341,125

Engine

6.0L V12 48-Valve

Twin-Turbocharged 6.0L W12

 6.6L Twin-Turbo V12

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Horsepower

568 hp @ 6650 rpm

582 hp @ 6100 rpm

563 hp @ 5250 rpm

Torque

465 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm

531 lb.-ft. @ 1700 rpm

605 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

The W12 engine in the Bentley is better than the V12 equipped in the Aston Martin and also provides better power than both Dawn and Vanquish. Also, it is more affordable and offers better torque figures than the rest of the competition. 

Acceleration

The naturally aspirated V12 engine is genuine revv happy engine and loves to roar all the way to the redline. This explains why the car does a segment topping 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and goes to complete the quarter of a mile in 12.1 seconds. The throttle response is as swift as it gets but it does not pin you to the seat with the seat belts slicing in at you which allows the car to stick to its grand tourer origins.

Models

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Convertible

Bentley Continental GT

Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible

0-60 MPH

3.5 sec

4.4 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter mile

12.1 sec

11.8 sec

12.8 sec

Engine

6.0L

6.0L

6.6L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

11.1

11.8

12.6

Amongst rivals, the Aston Martin Vanquish blows the competition out of the water by being faster by almost a second. The second in line is the Rolls Royce Dawn at 4.3 seconds and just 1/10th of second behind is the Bentley Continental GT at 4.4 seconds.

Braking

The Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible features one of the biggest overall brake setup amongst its rivals. The front rotors are 15.7 inches wide and the rear rotors are 14.2 inches in diameter. The car also weighs in at a hefty 4065 lbs. The brakes are efficient but if pressed too hard, they make the car shift momentum almost instantly which causes all 4065 lbs. of car to become a bit rough for the occupants.

In comparison, the Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible even with the soft top is the lightest amongst the rivals by a pretty big margin. Both the rivals, the Bentley Continental GT and the Rolls Royce Dawn cross the 5500 lbs. mark making them almost 1500 lbs. heavier than the Aston Martin.

Model

Aston Martin Vanquish Volante Convertible

Bentley Continental GT

Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

15.7

16.0

14.7

Brake Rear (in.)

14.2

13.2

14.6

Curb Weight (lbs..)

4065

5501

5644

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Ride and Handling

Supercars like Vanquish are built for superior handling. Its adaptive dampers are tuned on the stiffer side for better cornering at high speeds. The power delivery from the V12 engine is impeccable and matches the handling quite well. However, the steering response will disappoint you as the rivals offer better steering feel than the Vanquish convertible.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible Fuel Economy

When your car sports a V12 motor under the hood, fuel efficiency is bound to take a direct hit. At 16 mpg combined, the nearest fuel station is bound to become your best friend. But, when it comes to highway driving, the car returns a modest 21 mpg.

In comparison, all the cars in the segment sports almost similar fuel efficiency figures. While the Aston Martin comes in at 16 mpg, the Bentley Continental GT returns 15 mpg and the Rolls Royce Dawn returns 14 mpg.

Model

Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible

Bentley Continental GT

Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible

MPG (city)

13

12

12

MPG (highway)

21

20

19

MPG (combined)

16

15

14

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible Interior

“The car's interior is similarly elegant, with a long "waterfall" dash cascading down the middle, where the Vanquish's signature gear selector and crystal ignition button are displayed.”- The Car Connection

Seating and Comfort

The Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible is a GT and epitomizes the comfort of the occupants. The car has seats for 4 but is more suited to only 2 people. The seats are plush and comfortable with heavy bolstering and ample thigh support. Even the taller folks would get pampered on the front seats of the Vanquish. The Aston Martin badging on the seats and intricate contrast stitching all over the interior further enhances the look of the already beautifully sculpted seats.

In comparison, the Aston Martin might be the smallest but it offers the most amount of legroom at 42.7 inches in the segment. But when it comes to shoulder room, the Rolls Royce Dawn with its wide profile blows the competition away with a shoulder room of 59 inches.

Model

Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible

Bentley Continental GT

Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

36.2/54.8/42.7

38.2/-/41.3

40.1/59.0/41.5

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

38.2/-/31.7

37.9/53.1/36.9

Infotainment

The Vanquish is equipped with Aston Martin's latest infotainment system, called the AMi III. Apple CarPlay and a 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system with 15 speakers is standard on all cars. The MMI itself is inspired from Mercedes Benz and is a breeze to use. Options include a rearview camera, heated seats, and embroidered headrests, something normally available as standard on $300,000 cars.

Cargo volume

Being a drop variant, the low cargo volume of 9.8 cubic-feet is justified. However, the boot itself is pretty intuitive to use. If one stores cargo in an ergonomic manner, a couple of decent sized duffle bags for a weekend getaway can easily fit inside.

Amongst rivals, all cars feature roughly the same amount of space under the boot. The Aston Martin Vanquish comes out on top, the Roller comes in at 2nd and the Bentley comes in a close 3rd.

Model

Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible

Bentley Continental GT

Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

9.8

9.1

9.2

Interior Features

Some of the key interior features of the Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible are:

  • Front dash with rotary dials
  • Analogue speedo and rev counter
  • Jewelry encrusted front analogue watch
  • Leather interior

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible Exterior

Dimensions and Weight

No one can deny that the Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible is one of the prettiest and gentlemanly cars out there in the market at present. The car looks even better when the top goes down. Being true to its sports car DNA, the car also weighs considerably less than its rivals. No wonder Aston Martin calls the car a ‘super grand-tourer’.

Things, though change dramatically when you take dimensions into account. The Aston Martin Vanquish is the smallest car in its segment. The Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible on the other hand is the biggest vehicle in the segment by a decent margin.

Model

Aston martin Vanquish Volante convertible

Bentley continental GT

Rolls Royce Dawn convertible

Curb weight (lbs..)

4065

5501

5644

Length(in)

184.7

189.3

208.5

Width(in)

75.2

76.7

76.7

Height(in)

50.9

55.1

59.1

Ground clearance (in)

5.7

5.5

5.9

Wheelbase (in)

107.9

108.0

122.5

Track width (in) F/R

N/A

65.5/65.2

63.7/65.5

Exterior Features

Some of the key exterior features of the Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible are

  • Rag top
  • Black alloy wheels
  • Projector HID
  • LED DRLs

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible Safety

The Vanquish being their flagship model, Aston Martin has given safety top priority. The car is made from a carbon fiber alloy which a testament to the strength of the overall structure of the car. There is also a whole suite of safety features plied on the vehicle to ensure the safety of occupants at all points. The stability control on the Vanquish is special piece of kit. It senses when the car is going out of control and automatically reduces the engine power and applies brakes to avoid a potential accident.

  • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
  • Curtain side head airbags
  • Pelvis and thorax seat mounted airbags
  • Seat belt dual pre-tensioners and digressive load limiters
  • Rear parking assist camera
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible Competition

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible vs 2017 Bentley Continental GT

The Bentley Continental GT has been at the top of the GT game in terms of sales figures since a while now. The car, just like the Vanquish, comprises of top notch materials inside out. A step inside the cabin reveals just how much the craftsmen have put into the making of the Continental GT.

But, where it loses out is the sheer appeal of an Aston Martin, no to mention, the swiftness of one as well.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible vs 2017 Rolls Royce Dawn Convertible

Rolls Royce have made cars since an eternity and are called the undisputed champions when it comes to luxury cars. Hence, it is natural to for the Dawn to follow the same suit with top notch interiors and a supple and comfortable ride.

What Rollers are not known for is speed and agility and here again, the Dawn carries the DNA forward, the car weights way too much and sacrifices on agility in the name of creature comfort.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible Final Verdict

The Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible with its V12 engine is one the very few cars of the day that carry that 12-cylinder banger. The naturally aspirated motor is truly enthralling in the way it builds power. It is crazily expensive and there are faster cars in Aston Martin’s own lineup but the charisma of the Vanquish is still unbeaten. It still epitomizes the spirit of grand tourer like no other car and truly captures the ethos on which Aston Martin as a carmaker was built. If you have the moolah for one, run to the dealership and buy one of the last N/A V12 cars and a sure shot future classic

Pros

Angry snarl of the V12 engine

Gorgeous design

Swift transmission

Hand-crafted interior

Cons

Steering feedback not up to mark

Quite expensive to own and maintain

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$305650

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

188 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

362 cu. in.

horsepower

568 hp @ 6650 rpm

torque

465 lb.-ft. @ 5500 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front double wishbone suspension

suspension rear

independent rear double wishbone suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.2 in. ventilated disc brakes/15.7 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

107.9 in.

length

186.2 in.

width

75.2 in.

height

51 in.

curb weight

4065 lbs.

ground clearance

5.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

9.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

12.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/16/21 mpg

highway range

430.5 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 years/unlimited

drivetrain warranty

3 years/unlimited

corrosion warranty

10 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

No



Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible Volante

Volante

power
580 hp @ 7000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
16 combined

$305,650 - $312,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Volante 2dr Convertible (5.9L 12cyl 8A) Starting at $305,650 MSRP (13/16/21) 568 hp @ 6650 rpm, 5.9 L, V12, premium unleaded (required)
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4 NA
Volante S 2dr Convertible (6.0L 12cyl 8AM) Starting at $312,950 MSRP N/A 580 hp @ 7000 rpm, 6 L, V12,
See Full Specs
8-speed automatic front wheel drive 4 NA

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