Obviously, with that kind of demand, there’ll be a good number of people who would want a drop-top version. And here it is, the DB11 Volante. The Volante’s roof takes 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close and can be operated remotely from the key, or on the move at speeds of up to 31 mph.
The 8-layer roof cossets occupants from the extremes of weather and wind noise, says the company. Also, the new hood system has resulted in a 20 per cent gain in boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.
Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, adds: “The challenge of creating a convertible car is retaining structural and dynamic integrity. To protect the former you need strength and rigidity, but to preserve the latter you need to keep weight to a minimum. With the DB11 Volante we have maximised the advantages of the DB11’s all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that’s 26kg lighter and 5 per cent stiffer than its predecessor.”
Also, the new roof mechanism has underwent extreme testing. In the Life Cycle Durability (LCD) test, engineers subjected the roof to more than 100,000 cycles in special weather chambers designed to simulate conditions in the world’s harshest environments, compressing 10-years of use into a one month test.
The seat backs get wood or carbon fibre veneer panels. The roof is available in a choice of bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver.
Powering the DB11 Volante is the Mercedes-AMG sourced 510 PS 4.0 V8 biturbo, which was added as an option recently to the DB11 coupe.
CEO, Andy Palmer, said: “For many of our customers, indeed many generations of Aston Martin customer, the Volante has always offered something very special: a unique combination of elegant style, innate sporting ability and sensory engagement that lifts it above other open-top cars. 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”.
Priced at £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in US.