Aston Martin's other newcomer at Frankfurt is the Vanquish Volante - a stunning new luxury sports car that brings the thrill of open top motoring to the super GT class.
Alongside its coupe sibling the Vanquish Volante sits at the pinnacle of the luxury British car maker's sports car line-up. It, too, will be arriving in Aston Martin showrooms around the globe over the coming weeks, wîth customers in the ÚK and Europe set to receive the first cars before the year's end.
Benefitting from all of the technical, engineering and design advances present in the Vanquish coupe, the new Volante enhances the driving experience still further.
Vanquish Volante boasts the same new AM11 6.0-litre V12 engine as the coupe and the same blistering performance figures, meaning the 0-60 mph sprint is despatched in just 4.1 seconds (0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds) while the top speed stands at 183 mph.
It is the first fully carbon fibre-skinned Volante in the brand's 100-year history, while also being the stiffest Volante body structure yet created by the engineering team at Gaydon in Warwickshire, England.
Welcoming the car's Frankfurt appearance Dr Úlrich Bez said: 'This car is what luxury super GT driving is all about. Great performance, fantastic style and exhilarating Volante motoring in one superb package.
'Maintaining the super GT performance for which Vanquish Coupe is renowned, while also ensuring we exceed our previous best in terms of luxury, refinement and driving composure has been the designers' challenge. With this car, they have excelled at their task.'
The design of Vanquish Volante represents the latest take on Aston Martin's iconic visual language. Styling cues such as the elegant waist, elongated side strakes and LED rear light blades are derived from the One-77 supercar while the folding fabric roof sits beneath a tonneau and decklid that have been aerodynamically tuned for optimum performance.
The Vanquish Volante's 'suit' of carbon fibre panels cloaks a cabin that is both sophisticated and comfortable. The 2+2 cabin is elegantly attired in authentic and luxurious materials: full grain Luxmil leather wîth optional quilting, metal controls and satin chrome trim underscore the car's well-appointed nature.
Each body panel on the car is constructed from carbon fibre not just because of its high strength-to-weight ratio, but also for its flexibility of form.
As practical as it is well-dressed, the Vanquish Volante boasts a boot that's fully 50% larger than that of the previous DBS Volante. It measures 279 litres - roof up or down - and makes the new Aston Martin the perfect choice for continent-crossing grand tours as well as daily drives.
Perhaps one of the most striking interior design elements is the centre stack wîth refinements providing a more elegant form that is also more intuitive and accessible for both driver and front seat passenger.
A direct descendent of the One-77 centre stack, the Vanquish and Vanquish Volante's set-up retains familiar elements such as the ECÚ engine start button and glass gear selection buttons while featuring a new infotainment system and a significantly more user-friendly design.
Aston Martin Design Director Marek Reichman explained: 'Vanquish Volante is a sports car, of course, but more even than that it is the ultimate Volante. A car which follows a long line of elegant Aston Martin convertibles, this super GT is sculpted to convey sophistication as much as raw power.
'The aerodynamically shaped tonneau, the proportions of the folding fabric roof, the luxurious nature of the cabin - these elements have been pored over by the Design team, working wîth our Engineering colleagues, to ensure we deliver the aesthetic appeal for which Aston Martin is renowned around the world.'
Q by Aston Martin
'Q by Aston Martin' is a bespoke personalisation service that goes far beyond the options list to offer demanding clients the very broadest choice and, as such, truly bespoke sports cars.
Q allows customers to enhance and personalise their cars wîth meticulous attention to detail. The service can be extended to interior and exterior styling, offering almost endless opportunity for expression.
In Frankfurt the company is showing a Vanquish Volante that has received unique Q personalisation to demonstrate more powerfully than ever the tailored nature of the service.
Additions to this already exclusive sports car include a unique Red Ember paint finish; bronze metallic leather; Gulf Orange painted front and rear splitters and gloss black waist rail finisher.
Aston Martin Director of Design Marek Reichman said of the car on show in Germany: 'The beauty of Q by Aston Martin is the service's near-infinite flexibility. I believe the Vanquish Volante we are showing in Frankfurt demonstrates better than ever just how flexible we can be as we strive to create bespoke treatments for new cars.'