Saturday, 17 November, 2018


Aston Martin DB11 Volante 2018 - Sleek new Convertible sports GT REVEALED

Aston Martin DB11 Volante 2018 - Sleek new Convertible sports GT REVEALED Aston Martin DB11 Volante 2018 - Sleek new Convertible sports GT REVEALED
Kristine Garrett | 13 October, 2017, 17:56

Convertible Astons - badged Volantes since the mid '60s - have traditionally accounted for half of all sales and the new DB11 Volante announced today (13 October) is expected to be no different, especially in sunnier countries around the world where gran turismo motoring gets no more glamorous than when behind the wheel of an Aston with its top down.

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.

Aston says the convertible DB11 can be personalised by drivers, thanks to the three roof colour options - red, black or grey - as well as seat veneer panels and other options.

Aston has stuck with a folding fabric roof for the Volante, which takes 14 seconds to fold - electrically, of course - and can go up or down at speeds up to 31mph - so plenty of opportunity for High Street posing.

In addition to the new V-8, which is a product of Mercedes AMG's engine shop and part of a partnership with the German marque, and the new aluminum structure (a smart switch made in the DB11 Coupe), the Volante is equipped with the 8-speed ZF paddle-shift automatic transmission. According to Palmer, Aston's decision to forgo the coupe's 600-horsepower V12 was based on the need to have the lighter V8 compensate for the added mass of the convertible body style.

Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, adds: "The challenge of creating a convertible auto is retaining structural and dynamic integrity". The convertible sports auto benefits from three-stage powertrain and chassis modes, working in ideal harmony with the eight-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring. The new hood design also results in a 20% larger boot capacity than the outgoing DB9 Volante.

With a sticker price of $216,000, United States buyers should expect to see the Volante in showrooms in early to mid 2018.

Click below to watch Aston Martin's official video of the new vehicle, or scroll down to see the full gallery of the V8-powered drop-top.

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