Prefer your Aston Martin without a roof? A new £159,900 DB11 Volante has been revealed in V8 form.
Aston Martin has unveiled the first of its next-generation convertible models, the V8-powered DB11 Volante. Priced from £159,900, the new convertible model shows the DB11’s sharp new styling in a different, slightly more traditional light.
As the coupe’s look is largely defined by its clever use of aerodynamics around the tail, and the slightly unconventional roof, taking the roof out of the equation has given the DB11 a significant different – and in many ways more elegant – appearance. The front of the car is visually unchanged from the standard V8. A new 20-inch wheel design sets it further apart.
Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj, claims that due to the DB11’s new bonded structure the new Volante is 26kg lighter and five per cent stiffer than its V12-engined DB9 predecessor. That means a weight of 1870kg, which is around 110kg more than the V8 coupe.
As it stands, the V8 will be the only engine available to Volante buyers. Although the lack of cylinders might detract from the sense of occasion we loved in previous V12-engined DB9 Volante, the performance from the twin-turbo V8 engine certainly won't be lacking.
The AMG-sourced 4.0-litre V8 produces 503bhp and 513lb ft of torque, which means it will do 0-62mph in 4.1sec and a top speed of 187mph. For reference, the coupe is one tenth quicker to 62mph and has the same top speed.
Rather than a metal folding roof, Aston Martin has chosen to stick with a more traditional-loking fabric item. While weighing less and being easier to package, a total of eight fabric layers are said to insulate the cabin from excessive road noise. It can be lowered in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.
With prices starting from £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in USA, the first cars are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.