The most elegant of convertible Aston Martins begins a new chapter with the introduction of the DB11 Volante. Joining the DB11 Coupe, which was launched to wide acclaim last year, the new DB11 Volante sets new standards of performance, innovation, engineering and style to create the definitive British open-top sports GT.
Powered by a new 4-litre twin-turbo 510bhp V8 engine, the DB11 Volante is built around the all-new bonded aluminium structure first seen in the DB11 Coupe. Lighter 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 three-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.
Creature comforts such as a heated steering wheel encourage all-season open-air motoring, and rear seat Isofix attachment points – a first for a Volante model – bring added versatility.
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 carbon fibre veneer panels on the seatbacks, 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 breathtakingly 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 eight-layer roof cossets occupants from the extremes of weather and wind noise.
Folding to a class-leading stack height, the Volante’s hood takes just 14 seconds to lower and 16 seconds to close, and can be operated remotely from the key, or on the move at speeds of up to 50km/h with a 50km/h headwind. The new hood system has also led to a 20 percent gain in boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.
Engineered to be the most advanced and complete open-top Aston Martin ever built, styled to put its rivals in the shade and honed to achieve a fine balance of ride, handling, responsiveness and refinement, the DB11 Volante is dedicated to delivering a new dimension of driving pleasure.
Read our 2014 review of the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante in Singapore.