Volante XI

Car India - - BULLETIN -

Iconic Bri­tish sport-lux­ury car mak­ers As­ton Martin have in­tro­duced a drop-top ver­sion of the DB11 GT car, and it packs a twin-turbo V8.

The ‘DB’ line of cars has long been among the most ex­em­plary ex­am­ples of lux­u­ri­ous yet ex­cit­ing mo­tor­ing, not to men­tion among the most beau­ti­ful au­to­mo­biles. The lat­est in this long il­lus­tri­ous line is the DB11 ― the first to sport a twin-turbo V12, then a twin-turbo V8, the lat­ter from MercedesAMG, no less. As only is fair, the Volante it­er­a­tion of the DB11 has just been re­vealed and it’s stun­ning.

‘Volante’ means ‘fly­ing’ in Ital­ian, and has been a term ex­clu­sively used by As­ton Martin for their con­vert­ible mod­els. The DB11 Volante is the first of a new breed; of­fer­ing open-air driv­ing plea­sure with the sound of twin-tur­bocharged V8 un­der the shapely bon­net. The con­vert­ible roof ― avail­able in a choice of bordeaux red, black sil­ver, or grey sil­ver ― takes just 14 sec­onds to drop. It can be op­er­ated at speeds of up to 50 km/h. There has even been a change in stor­age: boot vol­ume ben­e­fits by as much as 20 per cent.

The DB11 Volante’s in­te­rior packs sev­eral crea­ture com­forts for an en­gag­ing drive ex­pe­ri­ence. It also of­fers a heated steer­ing wheel. In a first for a Volante model, the DB11 also of­fers rear seat ISOFI X at­tach­ment points, for added ver­sa­til­ity and im­proved child safety.

With an aim to bal­ance weight and rigid­ity, the new DB11 Volante makes use of an all-new bonded struc­ture that is 26 kg lighter and five per cent stiffer than its pre­de­ces­sor’s, the DB9 Volante. It also prom­ises to be more agile with greater com­fort and ef­fi­ciency. No sur­prises there.

Un­der the bon­net is a 4.0-litre MercedesAMG BiTurbo V8 with 510 PS and 675 Nm, driv­ing the rear wheels through an eight­speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. To­gether with the elec­tric power steer­ing and lim­it­ed­slip dif­fer­en­tial with dy­namic torque vec­tor­ing, the driver can tai­lor the car’s re­sponses and change its be­hav­iour to best suit the road and weather con­di­tions, or even their mood. That should give it quite some poke, liv­ing up to its GT cre­den­tials, as do all mod­ern As­ton Martin cars. No word yet on whether a V12 Volante will be of­fered in the fu­ture.

De­liv­er­ies of the As­ton Martin DB11 Volante be­gin in Q1 2018, with a rec­om­mended re­tail price of £159,900 (Rs 1.35 crore) be­fore du­ties and taxes. Ex­pect a price of around Rs 3.75 crore in In­dia, con­sid­er­ing the DB11 V12 coupé model is priced at Rs 4 crore al­ready.

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