This is Aston Martin’s latest glorious car, the DB11 Volante. It’s an exquisite drop-top version of the DB11 coupe that will be on sale from early 2018 priced from £159,000.
But while it might look fantastic, not everyone wlll be happy about the sound it produces.
That’s because it will exclusively feature Aston’s latest V8 engine. That means there’s no roaring V12 option available, which could upset quite a few enthusiasts.
Here’s a closer look at the all-new £160k roadster…
Volante with less volume: This is Aston Martin’s all-new DB11 Volante convertible. While it might be achingly good looking it has lost four cylinders, and enthusiasts might not be best pleased about it
The gorgeous drop-top weighs 115kg more than the DB11 coupe, though it uses the same lightweight bonded aluminium structure
Tradition would dictate that Aston’s DB model would feature as 12-cylinder powerplant, but strict emission restrictions and a drive to reduce weight has seen four cylinders trimmed for the new convertible.
The news will ruffle the feathers of Aston Martin fans who would expect its flagship model to feature a V12 engine.
It means they’re now restricted to the choice of the V12 Vantage S Roadster and V12 Vanquish S Volante – unless they can persuade an owner of a limited-edition Vanquish Zagato Volante to hand over the keys to their £500,000 car.
Despite the powerplant restriction on the convertible, the hard-top DB11 coupe will continue to be sold with a choice of the V12 and V8 engines – the latter of which impressed us immensely during a recent road test.
Like the coupe, the Volante will have a lightweight bonded aluminium chassis. Combined with the 503bhp twin-turbo V8 engine it will be able to sprint to 62mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds and onto a top speed of 187mph.
If you want to experience all this raw power with the wind in your hair you can lower the fabric roof in just 14 seconds at the push of a button.
Tradition would dictate that Aston’s DB model would feature as 12-cylinder powerplant, but the new DB11 Volante will exclusively use the latest V8
The 503bhp twin-turbo V8 engine is capable of 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 187mph – all with the wind in your hair
The eight-piece folding lid can be erected again in 16 seconds, though it can only be moved up and down on the move at speeds up to 31mph.
Opting for a cloth roof avoids the weight gain of a folding hard-top system, though Aston Martin has done what it can to make sure the fabric is extra durable.
The British marque claims to have conducted over 100,000 cycles in a weather chamber to simulate 10 years of use in a single month to make sure the soft-top can withstand extended periods of wear and tear.
Aston Martin claims it has replicated a range of weather tests that fast-forward the effect of changing climates on the fabric roof to make sure it’s durable
As you would expect from a £160,000 Aston Martin, the interior is impeccably finished and is lathered in high-quality materials
While the DB11 Volante (left) will only be available with the V8 engine, the DB11 coupe (right) will still be sold with the option of a V8 or V12 powerplant
As with any car with the roof chopped off, extra strengthening has had to be added elsewhere.
The extra bracing means the Volante weights 115kg more than the coupe, though it’s 26kg lighter – and 5 per cent more rigid – than the DB9 Volante it ultimately replaces.
The four-seat soft-top will go on sale from early next year, Aston Martin confirmed when revealing the car today (Friday)
If you want a V12 Aston Martin convertible, your only options are the V12 Vantage S and V12 Vanquish S models
This is Money had an exclusive first test of the new V8 engine in the DB11 coupe earlier this month and our man Ray Massey was mightily impressed
If you’re thinking of ordering one then you might find yourself spending an extended period of time playing with Aston’s personalising configuration.
That’s because there are 70 individual options for customers to choose from. That includes seven different choices of 20-inch wheels, four colour options for the brake callipers alone and a range of additional features including an automatic garage door-opening system and an Aston-branded umbrella and holder. And that’s before you consider what paint colour you want the car to be.
Aston Martin DB11 Volantes will arrive in UK dealerships in the first quarter of next year.
Buyers may have their work cut out tailoring the exact specification of their car, as Aston Martin is offering an infinite amount of personalised options
There will be seven different 20-inch alloy wheels to choose from as well as four different colours just for the brake callipers
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