Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Aston Martin DB11 Volante unveiled

Aston Martin DB11 Volante unveiled

Aston Martin has cut the roof off the DB11 and chopped four cylinders off its engine to create the all-new DB11 Volante, a convertible that it claims has the potential to redefine the open-top sports GT auto market. Other options include a tracker system, a self-parking feature, blind-spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel and two premium stereos - one by Aston and one by Bang & Olufsen. A new addition to the DB11's bag of tricks is the use of wood veneer on the Volante's seat backs.

The Volante will join the DB11 Coupe in the Aston ranks and is powered by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo 510PS V8 engine, which is crafted from the same lightweight structure as the Coupe.

"The challenge of creating a convertible vehicle is retaining structural and dynamic integrity", said Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer.

The V8's power finds its way to the rear wheels by way of an 8-speed automatic transmission.


The new model is created to be lighter and sportier than its predecessor while still adding interior space and comforts that a well-heeled Aston Martin owner may expect.

The folding fabric roof - which takes 14 seconds to lower - has been put through extensive testing, with Aston Martin engineers using special weather chambers to simulate 10 years of use within the space of a month. The new hood design also results in a 20% larger boot capacity than the outgoing DB9 Volante.

Deliveries of the Aston Martin DB11 Volante in the US are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018 and will be priced from $220,385 including destination. With Aston Martin on the trunk lid, you knew the auto wasn't going to be cheap. The first deliveries will begin during the first quarter of 2018. "The new DB11 Volante captures those qualities perfectly and promises the kind of pleasure and enjoyment that can only come from driving an open-top Aston Martin", Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer.

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