Aston Martin DB11 Volante - Pricing, Specs and Availability

Aston Martin DB11 Volante - Pricing, Specs and Availability

Sharing the same platform as the fixed roof DB11, the Volante makes use of an AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine making 510 PS and Aston Martin says it's lighter (having dropped 26 kilos off its waist) but at the same time 5% more rigid than the model it replaces, aka the Aston Martin DB9 Volante. The convertible's tailored fabric top will be delivered in bordeaux red, black silver, and grey silver (colors, as always, are Aston Martin's strong suit).

Under the bonnet, the vehicle is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 twin turbo engine. It's good for 503 horsepower, and is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, electric power steering, and a limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring.

We could go on describing the DB11 Volante at length, but we'll leave the description to Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, and invite you to discover the new model in full glorious action in a video from the luxury automaker. There are three powertrain and chassis modes to switch between comfortable cruising and mountain road darting. It can be lowered in 14 second and, at speeds of up to 31mph.

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One of the most striking (and polarizing) design features of the Aston Martin DB11 is its so-called floating roof - that odd C-pillar treatment that some love and some love to hate.

As a convertible, there's some creature comforts such as a heated steering wheel and rear-seat ISOFIX attachments points to encourage drop-top driving. At £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in United States, the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante is an idea more expensive than the DB11 V8 (£144,900; €184,000; $198,995). There was also real life testing in extreme temperature areas like the Death Valley and the Arctic Circle.

"The challenge of creating a convertible auto is retaining structural and dynamic integrity". With the DB11 Volante, we have maximised the advantages of the DB11's all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that's 26kg lighter and five per cent stiffer than its predecessor.

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