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Aston Martin’s new Red-Hot Vanquish Zagato Volante Convertible

There is a reason famous British agent 007 has a thing for Aston Martins. These cars are a statement of class and the epitome of refined elegance. And the new Red-Hot Vanquish Zagato Volante Convertible is a testament to how far the brand would go in terms of design and performance.

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The model is tailored for the North American market and made of carbon-fibre on the collaborative tradition between Aston Martin and Milan’s master design team Zagato. This is a partnership that started with the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato race car and has proven to be quite successful over the years. The convertible benefits from open-air exhilaration that is provided by a 600 hp V-12 engine that permits hair-raising acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

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Aston Martin has maintained the same general body aesthetic as the Vanquish Zagato, although the Volante features a hidden folding hood; carbon-fibre sills along the circumference; round taillights with “bladed” LED illumination; and dominant side strakes (similar to those on the Aston Martin CC100 concept). The pronounced forward stance and the sculpted rear haunches enhance the open-top tourer athletic aesthetic of the model.

Interior accents include a cabin covered with anodized bronze and herringbone carbon-fibre elements. The Bridge of Weir leather seats are stitched with a quilted Z pattern (also found on the inside doors) and headrests are branded with the same letter in honour of the coachbuilder.

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Buyers interested in owning the new vehicle will have to hurry if they want to get their hands on one as only 99 examples will be built. There is no official word on pricing yet, but reports indicate that the Vanquish Zagato Volante will be priced between $500,000 and $850,000. Deliveries are planned to commence as early as 2017.