The most elegant of convertible Aston Martins begins a new chapter with the introduction of the eagerly-awaited DB11 Volante. Joining the DB11 Coupe, which was launched last year, the new DB11 Volante is said to set new standards of performance, innovation, engineering and style.
Powered by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo 510 ps/696 Nm V8 engine, the DB11 Volante is built around the all-new bonded aluminium structure first seen in the DB11 Coupe. Lighter (by 26 kgs) and more rigid than the model it replaces, the DB11 Volante has been engineered to deliver a much broader envelope of abilities.
Greater levels of performance and handling accentuate the more sporting side of its character, while increased refinement, comfort and interior space ensure it remains a consummate grand tourer.
This depth and breadth of ability is made possible by the Volante’s 3-stage powertrain and chassis modes. Working in perfect harmony with the 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring, the driver is able to configure the car’s responses and tailor its behaviour in a way that best suits the road, weather conditions or their mood.
For those who drive in colder climates, there’s a heated steering wheel while ISOFIX attachment points – a first for a Volante model – allow young ones to also share the experience with their parents.
Visually the DB11 Volante features the striking single-piece aluminium bonnet and innovative ‘Curlicue’ aerodynamic feature from the DB11 Coupe, combined with new wood or carbonfibre veneer panels on the seat backs, a beautifully tailored fabric hood – available in a choice of bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver – dramatic ultra-slim ‘light blade’ tail lights that create a bold C graphic and a striking new design of forged alloy wheel. The end result is a sleek and athletic form that perfectly expresses the DB11 Volante’s character.
Of course, the defining feature of the DB11 Volante is its convertible roof. Combining the timeless appeal of a fabric hood with the very latest acoustic and insulation materials, the all-new 8-layer roof cossets occupants from the extremes of weather and wind noise.
Folding to a class-leading stack height, the hood takes just 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close and can be operated remotely from the key, or on the move at speeds of up to 50 km/h while driving into a 50 km/h headwind. The new hood system has also led to a 20% gain in boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.
Aston Martin’s exhaustive testing procedures pushed this all-new roof mechanism to punishing extremes. In the Life Cycle Durability (LCD) test, engineers subjected the roof to more than 100,000 cycles in special weather chambers designed to simulate conditions in the world’s harshest environments, compressing 10 years of use into a one-month test. The results of the LCD test were then validated with real world testing of DB11 Volante development prototypes in locations including Death Valley and the Arctic Circle.
“For many of our customers, indeed many generations of Aston Martin customers, the Volante has always offered something very special: a unique combination of elegant style, innate sporting ability and sensory engagement that lifts it above other open-top cars. The new DB11 Volante captures those qualities perfectly and promises the kind of pleasure and enjoyment that can only come from driving an open-top Aston Martin,” said Aston Martin President & CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer.
The first deliveries will commence in the first quarter of next year for customers who will pay £159,900 in the UK, equivalent to about RM896,000 at today’s currency conversion rates.