Aston Martin DB11 Volante revealed

Aston Martin DB11 Volante revealed

Aston Martin have revealed the new DB11 Volante, with deliveries due to start in Spring 2018 and prices starting from £159,900 – but no V12…

The DB11 was a big leap forward from the outgoing DB9, and it has received widespread praise from the motoring press and public alike for its fine abilities as a truly modern GT car and for its sophisticated design, both inside and out. Since launch, Aston Martin has introduced a twin-turbocharged V8 to the lineup to compliment the existing V12 and this week has revealed the new DB11 Volante.

The DB11 is a great looking car, and the new Volante doesn’t disappoint. The DB11 Volante features the striking single-piece aluminium bonnet and innovative ‘Curlicue’ aerodynamic feature from the DB11 Coupe, ultra-slim ‘light blade’ tail lights and new wood or carbon fibre veneer panels on the seat backs. The 8-layer fabric hood takes around 15 seconds to go up or down and can be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 30 mph – the packaging also frees up 20% more boot space than in the DB9 convertible. Aston Martin describe the car as “breathtakingly sleek and athletic” – they’re not far wrong.

 

The potential fly-in-the-ointment for Aston Martin aficionados is that the new car is not available with Aston Martin’s V12, but is offered only with the Mercedes-AMG sourced twin-turbo V8. It’s a fantastic, well-proven design which is significantly lighter than the V12 and arguably a better choice for keen drivers, but a V8 can never tug at the heart-strings quite like a V12. Almost identical torque to the V12, 503 BHP and 0-100 in under 9 seconds should help to keep the dissenters quiet.

 

 

Aston Martin dealers are already taking orders, and with the car priced to compete with the Bentley Continental GTC V8 it should sell well.

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