DB11 goes roofless

BY Marcus Lim

Aston Martin brings back the ultimate convertible Sports GT

Joining the DB11 Coupe, Aston Martin last week revealed the latest edition of their convertible Sports GT in the form of the DB11 Volante. 

Sharing the Coupe’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine and bonded aluminium structure, the Volante offers drivers 503 bhp and 675 Nm of torque in a light but rigid body, with the added benefit of open-air motoring. Greater levels of performance and handling accentuate the more sporting side of its character, while increased refinement, comfort and interior space ensure it remains an ideal grand tourer.

Giving the Volante its range of ability is the 3-stage powertrain and chassis modes, allowing customization to suit their mood, or road and weather conditions. Adjustments can be made to change the character of the 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering, and the limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring.

The Volante is a treat for the eyes, featuring the striking single-piece aluminium bonnet and ‘Curlicue’ aerodynamic feature carried over from the Coupe. Alloy wheels in a striking new design enhance the side profile, while dramatic, ultra-slim ‘light blade’ tail lights complete the rear end with a flourish.

Its defining feature — the 8-layer convertible roof — combines the timeless appeal of a fabric roof with the latest materials, cosseting occupants from the elements. Controllable from within the cabin, or remotely from the key, the roof can be lowered in 14 seconds and fully closed in just 16 seconds, at speeds of up to 50 km/h.

“The new DB11 Volante promises the kind of pleasure and enjoyment that can only come from driving an open-top Aston Martin,” says Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer. Customers can look forward to deliveries of the DB11 Volante in early 2018.