Aston Martin has today unveiled the new Vanquish Volante, which will replace the DBS Volante as the company’s range-topping open-top GT car.

Powered by the same 6.0-litre AM11 V12 engine as the Vanquish coupe, the Volante also shares the coupe’s performance figures of 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph.

The Vanquish Volante’s body is made entirely from carbon fibre – a first for the company – making the Vanquish the stiffest Volante ever made.

The fabric roof is made of a lightweight three-layer material, and opens in just 14 seconds, retracting into an aerodynamically tuned tonneau and decklid.

The Volante borrows a number of styling cues from its One-77 supercar big brother, such as the side strakes and LED rear light blades.

The windscreen is now full height – a first for Aston – with the glass running up to meet the fabric roof.

Inside, there’s the expected array of luxurious materials; full-grain Luxmil leather with optional quilting, metal controls and satin chrome trim.

The boot is 50% larger than that of the DBS Volante, and measures 279 litres regardless of whether the roof is up or down.

The 6.0-litre V12 engine develops 565 bhp at 6,750 rpm with peak torque of 620 Nm at 5,500 rpm.  Power is channelled to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with Touchtronic 2.

The springs and dampers have been tuned for the Volante to retain the coupe’s handling and ride characteristics.  Weight distribution is a near-perfect 51:49.  Aston’s Adaptive Damping System (ADS) is fitted, and offers three modes – Normal, Sport and Track – to alter the suspension set-up according to the driver’s mood.

Using the 4th Generation VH architecture, the new Volante is said to be 14% stiffer than the DBS Volante, making it highly resistant to flex.

Braking is provided by Brembo’s Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) set-up also borrowed from the One-77.

In the UK, the Vanquish Volante is priced from £199,995, with first deliveries expected late in 2013.