Aston Martin Drops the Top on the DB11 Volante

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“…a unique combination of elegant style, innate sporting ability and sensory engagement that lifts it above other open-top cars.”Dr. Andy Palmer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Aston Martin
The Aston Martin DB11 Volante is the newest addition to the DB11 lineup. It is powered by a 3,982 cc twin-turbo direct Injection 90° V8 engine that generates 503 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 513 lb-ft of torque from 2,000-5,000 rpm. The DB11 Volante will accelerate from 0-100 km/h or 0-62 mph in 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 300 km/h or 187 mph. The power is sent to the rear wheels through a rear mid-mounted 8-speed automatic gearbox with an electronic shift-by-wire control system. The Volante is equipped with 20” 10-spoke alloy wheels with Bridgestone S007 255/40 ZR20 up front and 295/35 ZR20s in the rear.
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The new DB11 Volante has a completely new K-fold roof system compared to the DB9. It takes just 14 seconds to open the roof and 16 seconds to close it. Roof control is achieved through a button inside, or via the unlock button of the remote key. The roof can be opened or closed at speeds of up to 50 km/h or 31 mph. The 8 layer roof is an acoustically enhanced canopy with insulation materials for improved noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). The convertible top is available in bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver. The new roof design results in a 20 percent gain in trunk volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.
“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,” said Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andy Palmer. “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”.

The DB11 Volante is built around the all-new bonded aluminium structure first seen in the DB11 Coupe. Lighter and more rigid than the model it replaces, the DB11 Volante has been engineered to deliver a much broader envelope of abilities. This depth and breadth of ability is made possible by the Volante’s 3-stage powertrain and chassis modes. Working in perfect harmony with the 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring, the driver is able to configure the car’s responses and tailor its behaviour in a way that best suits the road and weather conditions. Creature comforts such as a heated steering wheel encourage all-season open-air motoring, and rear seat ISOFIX attachment points – a first for a Volante model – bring added versatility.

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Aston Martin’s exhaustive testing procedures pushed this all-new roof mechanism to punishing extremes. 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 results of the LCD test were then validated with real world testing of DB11 Volante development prototypes in locations including Death Valley and the Arctic Circle.

“The challenge of creating a convertible car is retaining structural and dynamic integrity,” said Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer. “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. The result is a truly magnificent car. One that combines greater performance and agility with increased comfort, refinement and interior space for occupants and their luggage”.

Visually the DB11 Volante features the striking single-piece aluminium hood and innovative ‘Curlicue’ aerodynamic feature from the DB11 Coupe, combined with new wood or carbon fibre veneer panels on the seat backs, a beautifully tailored fabric hood, ultra-slim ‘light blade’ tail lights that create a bold C graphic and a striking new design of forged alloy wheel. The end result is a sleek and athletic form that perfectly expresses the DB11 Volante’s character.

Engineered to be the most advanced and complete open-top Aston Martin ever built, styled to put its rivals in the shade and honed to achieve a fine balance of ride, handling, responsiveness and refinement, the DB11 Volante is dedicated to delivering a new dimension of driving pleasure.

The base price of the DB11 Volante in the United States is USD $216,495, and it is anticipated that the starting price in Canada will be approximately CAD $254,000. First deliveries of the DB11 Volante are scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2018.

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Standard equipment includes:

– Full-grain Leather interior
– Alcantara Headlining
– Colour-keyed Leather door and centre console inserts (trim inlay) (new)
– Electrically operated front seats with side airbags
– Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three memory positions)
– 2+2 Seating configuration
– 20” 10-spoke Silver alloy wheels
– Power fold exterior heated mirrors
– Front and rear parking sensors
– 360 degree surround view parking cameras (includes front and rear cameras)
– Cruise control & Speed limiter
– Tyre pressure monitoring system
– Alarm and immobiliser
– Remote-control central door locking, boot release and convertible roof operation
– Automatic temperature control with dual zone climate control
– Heated front seats
– Powered Stowage (electrically operated front centre armrest storage)
– Door airbags
– Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
– Knee airbags
– Pelvis and Thorax seat mounted airbags
– Seat belt dual-pretensioners and digressive load limiters
– Trip computer
– Electronic Instrument Cluster with mode specific displays
– Laminated windscreen with clear noise-insulation layer
– Keyless entry & go
– Bright Aluminium front grille
– Titanium bonnet meshes
– Bright (chrome) tonneau finisher
– Body coloured windscreen surround
– Enamel Wings Badges
– Chrome side strakes and tailpipe trim
– Aston Martin script badge on rear decklid
– Heated rear screen
– Silver gearshift paddles
– Rear seat ISOFIX
– In Car Entertainment

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