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.