Aston Martin's New Luxury Convertible Has a Sporty Side
13 October, 2017, 17:26
The DB11 Volante replaces the DB9 Volante and will initially be powered by a 4.0L twin turbocharged V8 that's borrowed from Mercedes-AMG.
As with the DB11 coupe, the Volante's power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission.
A new bonded aluminum structure, which debuted in the DB11 Coupe. The trade-off for such a sleek top-down profile is perhaps less of the coupe's contemporary design character - there's no equivalent of the floating roof arches here.
Buyers will be able to choose from three soft top colors: bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver. It generates 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft. of torque. Its lines are stronger yet more elegant because they're not being visually disrupted by a roof, while very smart touches of craftsmanship such as the wooden veneer that adorns the seat backs and which is plain for all to see each time the fabric roof is down add a subtle touch of class. More usable rear seats, for the first time with ISOFIX points for child seats, more room, more comfort and more refinement, plus the quality and electronics re-invention ushered in by the DB11, are all evident here.
The folding fabric roof - which takes 14 seconds to lower - has been put through extensive testing, with Aston Martin engineers using special weather chambers to simulate 10 years of use within the space of a month.
Click below to watch Aston Martin's official video of the new vehicle, or scroll down to see the full gallery of the V8-powered drop-top.
With prices starting at £159,900, the DB11 Volante is a hefty £15,000 more expensive than the DB11 V8 coupe. The convertible roof also features acoustic and insulation materials and new eight-layer cossets to protect occupants from extreme weather and drown out wind noise. "The challenge of creating a convertible auto is retaining structural and dynamic integrity", Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer Max Szwaj explains.
Aston Martin says the new vehicle is 26kg lighter than the old DB9 Volante model, as well as five percent stiffer, to provide a better ride and handling experience.