Aston Martin DB11 Volante gets an AMG-tuned V8 engine making 510 PS and 695 Nm of peak torque
Get astounded as the Aston Martin DB11 Volante is undoubtedly one of the prettiest convertibles around and it has finally been unveiled. Accompanying the V12 powered version of the DB11 that was launched in 2016, the DB11 Volante gets an AMG tuned V8 engine and features a fabric roof top.
Introduced in three colour options – Bordeaux Red, Black Silver, and Grey Silver – the Volante’s soft top has acoustic and sound insulation materials with eight layers of roof cossets. Aston Martin claims it only 14 seconds to lower the roof and 16 seconds to bring it back on at speeds of up to 50 kmph.
The roof mechanism is said to be tested in intense conditions – from Death Valley to Arctic Circle – and was subjected to more than 1,00,000 cycles, equivalent to 10 years of compression in just one month. The Volante is based on the same aluminium platform as its standard sibling and has 20 percent more bootspace than the DB9 Volante.
Underneath, the convertible gets power from a 4.0-litre twin turbocharged V8 engine producing 510 PS and 695 Nm of peak torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and gets electric power steering and limited slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring. What these high tech driving assistance systems and delicious numbers can do is still kept under wraps.
However, considering that the DB11 Coupe with V8 power can reach zero to 100 kmph in just four seconds and can top out 301 kmph, the DB11 Volante could be a bit slower with more or less the same maximum speed as it would have gained strengthening materials due to the lost roof and it resulted in some weight penalty.
The first quarter of next year will see Aston Martin DB11 being delivered to customers in the United Kingdom. Its prices there start at $211,541 (Rs. 1.36 crore), $216,495 (Rs. 1.40 crore) in the United States and $235,852 (Rs. 1.52 crore) in Germany.