Aston Martin has announced the arrival of their new convertible DB11 Volante. It will join the DB11 Coupe, which was launched last year, and aims to deliver the ultimate open-top Sports GT experience.
The new Volante is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine which produces 510PS (503HP). A new bonded aluminium structure makes this model lighter and more rigid than its predecessor, enabling the car to reach higher levels of performance and handling.
The Volante’s 3-stage powertrain and chassis modes will allow the driver to set the car up in a way best suited to the road and driving conditions they expect to encounter. These powertrain and chassis modes work in conjunction with the 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring, giving the driver everything they would expect from a modern-day grand tourer and more.
It’s safe to say that one of the DB11 Volante’s main features is its convertible roof. Aston Martin claims that the tailored fabric hood, which is available in a choice of Bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver, takes just 14 seconds to lower and 16 seconds to close. The hood can be operated remotely from the key, or on the move at speeds of up to 31mph with a 31mph headwind. Not too shabby.
The British car manufacturer has put the roof mechanism through rigorous testing, simulating weather conditions only found in the world’s harshest environments. The focus of the testing was to test the hoods lifecycle durability. Aston Martin engineers subjected the roof to more than 100,000 cycles in special weather chambers, supposedly squeezing 10-years of use into a one month test. Very impressive stuff.
Looks-wise the Volante is both sporty and elegant. Some of the main styling features include a single-piece aluminium bonnet, wood or carbon fibre veneer panels on the seat backs, slim ‘light blade’ tail lights and forged alloy wheels. It sounds like Aston Martin has created a light, dynamic and comfortable grand tourer with this new DB11 Volante, and I’m sure we will find out a lot more when the car hits the roads in early 2018.
Recommended retail pricing for the DB11 Volante: from £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in USA.