2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante arrives with $216,495 price tag

Article by Christian A., on October 16, 2017

As seasons change, temperatures rise and fall. The changes affect our preferences when it comes to driving cars. Therefore, Aston Martin introduces the new DB11 Volante or convertible, and it looks like a combination of the coupe’s gorgeous lines with a soft top that can be lowered in only 14 seconds.

When the DB11 is released in the market, customers will only have one option - that is the Mercedes-AMG-sourced 4.0 liter biturbo V8, paired to an eight-speed automatic that brings power to the rear wheels. Similar to the coupe, it enables the convertible to produce 503 horsepower (375 kilowatts) and 513 pound-feet (675 Newton-metres) of torque. A standard limited slip differential improves traction as well.

In just 4.1 seconds, it can finish the 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) sprint, before continuing to its 187 mile per hour (300 kph) top speed. Though it has the same maximum velocity as the coupe, the convertible is a tenth of a second slower to 62 mph.

Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, said that the DB11 Volante’s structure is 26 kg (57 lb) lighter and 5 percent stiffer than its predecessor.

On the outside, the Volante looks just like the DB11 coupe, but it comes with a folding soft top instead. Customers can choose from bordeaux red, black, silver or grey silver. For a more luxurious feel inside the cabin, Aston Martin gave the interior an Alcantara headliner. As mentioned earlier, the roof can easily be closed in 16 seconds.

The convertible’s trim also matches the center stack that now covers the upper portions of the seat backs, creating a beautiful look. These can be finished in Piano Black, Light Ash Open, Dyed Tamo Ask Open Pore, Satin Chopped Carbon, or Satin 2x2 Twill Carbon.

Inside the cabin, you will also get a handful of luxurious materials and amenities like the full-grain leather upholstery and the heated seats that come as standard. Seat ventilation can be added as an option too. There will also be an eight-inch infotainment system that provides navigation, paired with an optional 13-speaker setup from Bang & Olufsen. The rear seats come with ISOFIX attachment points, which makes it easier to strap toddlers into the back.

The DB11 Volante will have a trunk with 20 percent more capacity than the outgoing DB9 Volante, so there is no need to worry about storing your luggage.

For those of you who are interested, the DB11 Volante can be had for $216,495 in the United States, which is a lot more expensive than the V8 powered coupe at only $198,995. Though the automaker has already begun taking orders, deliveries will not begin until spring 2018.

Press Release

DB11 VOLANTE: RETURN OF THE ULTIMATE CONVERTIBLE SPORTS GT

The most elegant of convertible Aston Martins begins a new chapter with the introduction of the eagerly-awaited 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 open-top Sports GT.

Powered by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo 510PS 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 3-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 seat backs, 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 8-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 to close and can be operated remotely from the key, or on the move at speeds of up to 31mph with a 31mph headwind. The new hood system has also led to a 20 per cent gain in boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.

Aston Martin’s exhaustive testing procedures pushed this all-new roof mechanism to punishing extremes. In the Life Cycle Durability (LCD) test, 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 results of the LCD test were then validated with real world testing of DB11 Volante development prototypes in locations including Death Valley and the Arctic Circle.

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.

Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the DB11 Volante: “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. 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”.

Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, adds: “The challenge of creating a convertible car is retaining structural and dynamic integrity. To protect the former you need strength and rigidity, but to preserve the latter you need to keep weight to a minimum. 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 5 per cent 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”.

Recommended Retail Price from £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in USA, first deliveries of the DB11 Volante are scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2018.

Source: Aston Martin

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