The new Aston Martin DB11 Volante – Aston’s DB11 Convertible – is revealed, and it comes with only a 4.0 litre V8 option. Costs from £159,900.
It’s been eighteen months since the Aston Martin DB11 was revealed as Aston’s much needed replacement for the aging DB9, but AML has finally got round to chopping its roof off.
The new Aston Martin DB11 Volante – Aston’s new DB11 convertible – arrives to plug the gap for refined GT motoring in a DB, and it comes with only the option of the 4.0 litre AMG V8 – so no V12 version, at least not for now.
Mechanically the DB11 Volante is essentially the same as the Coupe, which means a bonded aluminium structure, rear-wheel drive, limited slip diff and eight-speed auto ‘box, with the V8 delivering 503bhp.
Aston has stuck with a folding fabric roof for the Volante, which takes 14 seconds to fold – electrically, of course – and can go up or down at speeds up to 31mph – so plenty of opportunity for High Street posing.
Chopping the roof off does come with a 115kg penalty over the Coupe, which blunts performance very slightly with a 0-62mph time of 4.1 seconds. But you’ll not notice the difference.
Equipment levels are pretty similar to the Coupe too, with leather, heated seats, parking sensors, 360-degree surround view, heated steering wheel and new wood or carbon fibre panels on the seat backs.
On sale in early 2018, the DB11 Volante costs from £159,900, around £15k more than the V8 Coupe.