Aston Martin has revealed the DB11 Volante, which the British luxury car manufacturer claims is its finest open-top sports GT ever.
Joining the DB11 Coupe, which was launched last year, the convertible is driven by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo 503 bhp V8 engine matched to an an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. There’s also electric power steering and a limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring.
Like the Coupe, the Volante is also built around an all-new bonded aluminium structure and is therefore lighter and more rigid than the model it replaces.
“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 26 kg lighter and 5 per cent stiffer than its predecessor,” explains Max Szwaj, Aston Martin’s chief technical officer.
Visually, the drop-top features the same single-piece aluminium bonnet and ‘Curlicue’ aerodynamic feature from the DB11 Coupe, combined with new wood or carbon-fibre veneer panels on the seat backs, a tailored fabric hood, ultra-slim ‘light blade’ tail lights that create a C graphic, and a new design of forged alloy wheel.
The all-new 8-layer roof, meanwhile, takes 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 31 mph with a 31 mph headwind. Aston Martin designers say the new hood system has also led to a 20 per cent gain in boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.
First deliveries of the new DB11 Volante are scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2018.