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BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wheels | Convertibles: Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

While it is true that the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante (www.astonmartin.com) is the brand’s quickest and most powerful model ever, the venerable British sports-car maker also could claim that this $298,000 convertible version of its revitalized flagship is the best Aston Martin ever.

With supercar lines borrowed from the One-77, a fluted carbon-fiber fuselage, and a rear end adorned with jewellike lights, the Vanquish Volante is inarguably the beefiest and best-looking GT tearing up the motorways. Gone are the rough mechanical edges and coarse handling that characterized some of the previous Aston Martins. But the car retains the marque’s signature exhaust note: a booming growl that belongs in a Wagnerian orchestra and is enhanced by the car’s quick and capable Touchtronic II automatic transmission.  

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