Aston Martin has revealed it’s new, most stylish convertible sports GT — the DB11 Volante — in the global market. Joining the DB11 Coupe, which was launched last year, the new model claims to set new standards of performance, innovation, engineering and style to create the definitive open-top Sports GT. Powered by a new 510-PS, 4.0-litre twin turbo V-8 engine, the Aston Martin DB-11 Volante is constructed around the new bonded aluminum structure — first seen in the DB11 Coupe — that makes it lighter and more rigid than its predecessor.
The Volante’s 3 stage powertrain and chassis modes are working in harmony with the 8-speed paddle-shift auto 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 behavior in a way that best suits the road, weather conditions or their mood. Visually the DB11 Volante features the remarkable single-piece aluminium bonnet and innovative ‘Curlicue’ aerodynamic feature from the DB11 Coupe. Combined with new wood or carbon fiber veneer panels on the seat backs, the end result is a breathtakingly sleek and athletic form.
The defining feature of the DB11 Volante is its adaptable roof with a fabric hood made of the 8 layers of very latest acoustic and insulation materials. The new hood system has also led to a 20 per cent gain in boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.
Commenting on the launch, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andy Palmer, said that for many of our customers, indeed many generations of Aston Martin customer, 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,” he said.
Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, adds, “With the DB11 Volante we have maximized the advantages of the DB11’s all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that’s 26kg lighter and 5 % stiffer than its predecessor. The result is a really magnificent car. One that combines greater performance and agility with increased comfort, refinement and interior space for occupants and their luggage.”
With the deliveries stated to start in the first quarter of 2018, the Aston Martin DB11 Volante has been priced at £159,900 in the UK, 199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in the USA. In India, the company offers the car in its coupe version only — at Rs.4.27 crore (ex-showroom, Delhi) — and there is no word on the India launch of the new convertible as well. However, the company last year announced to launch a new product in the country every nine months which makes a possibility of its launch in near future.