Aston Martin Convertibles

Aston Martin Convertible
May 19, 2012
Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible
May 19, 2012

Aston Martin Convertibles

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The Aston Martin Convertibles Rapide S features a second-generation Bilstein-derived active damping system with stiffer overall shock rates to go along with stiffer springs, stiffer front suspension bushings, and 20-in wheels shod with Pirelli P Zero tires. The active dampers will progressively work through five stiffness settings, depending on how the car is being driven. A sport setting is also available – also with five separate stiffness settings – but unlike the first-generation active damping system fitted to the DBS, the Virage’s setup will automatically always try to default to the softest of the sport settings, which is roughly equivalent to the midpoint of the normal settings.
The result is a ride that’s firm and beautifully controlled, yet impressively quiet and supple, even on some of the washboard sections of road we encountered on the drive route in southern Spain. The P Zero tires are a little noisy on coarse tarmac, but not intrusively so, and they offer terrific grip. The relatively long wheelbase and minimal body roll means the Virage transitions through turns with delightful fluidity, and the chassis defaults to mild understeer when pushed hard. The steering, though not quite a match for the Jaguar XK-R in terms of its delicacy and precision once you pull the wheel off-center, is nicely linear and communicative
Carbon-ceramic brakes are standard on the Aston Martin Convertibles DB AR, and they probably account for a sizeable chunk of the price increase over the regular DB9. Few Virage owners will actually drive their Astons fast enough to justify stoppers good enough for a Le Mans racer – face it, most of these things will spent their lives mooching around the Hamptons or Holmby Hills. But if you’re one of the handful who will drive this big Aston hard, you’ll appreciate their utter imperturbability under pressure. No matter how hard you nuke ’em, they just keep coming back for more.
The Aston Martin Virage is fast yet relaxing to drive, regardless of the road conditions — the hallmarks of a great GT. It’s not without its faults, however. The Bridge of Weir leather trim — seven hides in total — has a new stitching pattern and looks sumptuous, and everything that looks like metal, wood, or glass in the interior is real metal, wood, or glass. But if you’re much over 6 feet tall, you won’t be able to get the driver’s seat back quite as far as you’d like. The minor switchgear on the center stack is still fiddly to operate. And although the sat-nav is now Garmin-powered, it’s still nowhere near state-of-the-art in terms of functionality and graphics.
The Aston Martin Convertibles Vanquish is a better car than the DB9. But is that enough? The answer to that question is in the hands of the 12,000 people who have bought a DB9 since it was launched way back in 2003. The Virage is a car with considerable appeal to someone who wants to replace their DB9, but doesn’t want to step up to the harder, edgier, 510-hp, $270,000 DBS. For a company that took 70 years to sell its first 10,000 cars, that pool of DB9 owners is a huge group that already understands the appeal of this relatively exclusive, uniquely British sports car. Maybe there’s method in Aston’s madness after all.
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Aston Martin Convertibles

Newport Convertible engineering was first US coach builder which designed, engineered and distributed Aston Martin Vanquish Convertible.

The Aston Martin Vanquish is a grand tourer, designed by Ian Callum and manufactured by Aston Martin. The Vanquish was unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show and was produced from June 2001 to September 2004 with the later Vanquish S being produced from September 2004 to July 2007. Its rise to recognition by the wider public came after being featured as the official James Bond car in the film Die Another Day. The Vanquish was succeeded by the DBS
Design.
The Aston Martin Vanquish was designed by Ian Callum and bore a large resemblance to the production DB7 Vantage. However, the car had a strong influence from the ‘Project Vantage’ prototype concept car which debuted with a V12 engine at the North American International Auto Show in January 1998. As underneath the car featured a strong aluminium/carbon composite construction, bonded chassis with a 6.0 L V12 with 450 bhp (336 kW; 456 PS).
It was available in 2+0 and 2+2 seating configurations.
To keep alive the flagship Vanquish name with the introduction of the popular DB9, Aston Martin upgraded the Vanquish to 514 bhp (383 kW; 521 PS), uprated the suspension and improved the cars aerodynamic efficiency. The Vanquish production ended on 19 July 2007, coinciding with the shutting of the company’s Newport Pagnell factory after forty nine years of operation.

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It also incorporated the features of a 2004 option package, the Sports Dynamic Pack, which incorporated sportier suspension, steering, and brake features. This model was sold for the 2005 (alongside the base Vanquish) and 2006 (as a stand-alone) model years in the United States with only minor running changes; it was not sold in the United States for 2007.
The end of the Vanquish’s production run was celebrated with the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition. Aston Martin announced that the last 40 cars built would have a new ‘Ultimate Black’ exterior colour, upgraded interior, and personalised sill plaques. More significantly, the Ultimate Edition was the first Vanquish to be offered from the factory with a conventional manual gearbox manual transmission. The semi-automatic gearbox in the original Vanquish had been widely criticised (notably by Jeremy Clarkson on the BBC’s Top Gear program), so this change was greeted with approval by the automotive press. Aston Martin offered to retrofit the new manual gearbox to any Vanquish, for a cost of £13,250.

Conceptual variants

Aston Martin was frequently rumoured to be considering a convertible version of the Vanquish, especially in response to the Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, but no such version ever emerged. The Vanquish was the basis of two concept cars, both shown at the International Geneva Motor Show in 2004, the Zagato Roadster (a 2-seat convertible) and the Bertone Jet 2 (a 2-door shooting brake).

Appearances in media
In its appearance in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day (driven by Bond who was being played for the final time by Pierce Brosnan[6]) earned the Vanquish the number three spot on the list of Best Film Cars Ever,[7] behind the Minis from The Italian Job, and DB5 from Goldfinger & Thunderball.
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