Aston Martin has treated its DB11 V8 coupe to a ‘roofectomy’ and created the DB11 Volante convertible - just in time for Summer.
Unveiled overseas, the DB11 Volante joins the regular DB11 coupe, with an AMG-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine under the bonnet and a traditional fabric soft-top overhead.
This is no ordinary fabric roof though, with Aston Martin opting for an eight-layer top that incorporates the latest in acoustic and insulation materials for a quiet and refined ride with the roof in place.
The process of letting the sunshine in takes takes just 14 seconds, and reinstating the roof takes 16 seconds, with the ability to do so on the move at speeds of up to 50 km/h - even with a 50 km/h headwind, according to Aston Martin.
The British brand also says the folded roof takes up less space than the DB9 Volante’s top, leading to a 20 per cent increase in boot space.
The roof will be offered in three colours - bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver - to give Aston Martin buyers plenty of choice when customising their car.
Outputs for the DB11 Volante’s V8 match those of the coupe with 375kW of power and 675Nm of torque. At this stage Aston Martin hasn’t mentioned if the 5.2-litre V12 also used in the hard-top will be made available in 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 CEO, 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.”
Local timing and pricing for the DB11 Volante hasn’t been confirmed, but it is expected to cost just under $400,000 (plus on-road costs) when it arrives in local showrooms late next year.