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.