Aston Martin has announced the new DB11 Volante, a stunning sports convertible that sets new standards of performance, innovation, engineering and style for the luxury motor brand.
The handsome DB11 Volante is powered by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo 510PS V8 engine housed within a bonded aluminium frame that’s lighter and more rigid. The Volante’s 3-stage powertrain and chassis modes are mated with an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring, so drivers can tailor the car’s behaviour to best suit the conditions.
The Volante itself is characterised by a striking single-piece aluminium bonnet and innovative ‘Curlicue’ aerodynamic feature borrowed from the DB11 Coupe. The dramatic ultra-slim ‘light blade’ tail lights create a bold C graphic, and the vehicle also features a distinct new design for its forged alloy wheels. Inside, drivers have a choice of new wood or carbon fibre veneer panels on the seat backs, plus creature comforts like its heated steering wheel encourage all-season open-air motoring.
Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, revealed the Volante to be “26kg lighter and 5 percent stiffer than its predecessor. The result is a truly magnificent car. One that combines greater performance and agility with increased comfort, refinement and interior space for occupants and their luggage.”
The defining feature of the DB11 Volante is clearly the convertible roof. Taking just 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close, the roof combines the timeless appeal of a fabric hood with the very latest acoustic and insulation materials to protect occupants from the extremes of weather and wind noise. The roof can open and close at speeds of 49km/h and if you’re outside the vehicle, the entire process can be activated remotely via the key. The fabric roof also adds 20 percent extra boot space.
Aston Martin’s engineers tested the roof mechanism by pushing it to the extremes. In the Life Cycle Durability test, the 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 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,” said Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer. “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.”
Aston Martin is bringing greater levels of performance and handling to accentuate its sporting side, while increased refinement, comfort and interior space ensure Volante remains a perfect grand tourer. The new DB11 Volante will be available for USD $216,495, with first deliveries scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.