Aston Martin introduces DB11 Volante
Nearly a year after the debut of the DB11, Aston Martin is now making the supercar available in convertible form. Retaining many features from its sister car, it will start delivering in the new year with a base price of £159,500.
Powered by a V8 twin-turbo engine of 503hp, the DB11 Volante can reach 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds, putting its top speed at just over 300 km/h.
Improvements from the UK car manufacturer over its predecessor, the DB9 Volante, included a heated steering wheel. Its chassis was also upgraded to require less reinforcement for its folding roof, allowing it weigh 26kg less for a total of 1,870kg.
The car's main selling point, its foldable roof, can be stowed away in under 14 seconds with only 16 seconds required to put in back in place. The manoeuvre can be initiated remotely through the car keys and can be executed at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
"The challenge was to create a convertible car that kept the structural integrity and dynamism of a coupe. To keep the former, you need strength and rigidity but for the later you need to reduce weight to a minimum." explained Max Szwaj, Aston Martin's technology director.
Coming in at a base price of £159,500, the DB11 Volante is £14,600 more expensive than the regular DB11 version.