When the Aston Martin DB11 first made its global debut in early 2016, we knew for a fact that the British carmaker will slap on a retractable roof for the ultimate open-top motoring experience. Now, after what seems like an eternity, let us welcome the Aston Martin DB11 Volante V8 – the most elegant convertible Aston Martin ever built.
Visually, the DB11 Volante is identical to the Coupe save for the fabric roof that comes in three colour options – Bordeaux Red, Black Silver and Grey Silver as well as the new 20-inch, 10-spoke alloy wheel design. The fabric roof is operable at speeds of up to 50 km/h and will take 14 seconds to be stowed away in the rear or 16 seconds to completely shelter the occupants from the outside world.
According to Aston Martin, the new fabric roof features an all-new eight-layer design that not only gives greater insulation but also 20 percent more boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante. The new roof mechanism had also been through the most punishing conditions of the Death Valley and Artic Circle as well as being subjected to more than 100,000 folding cycles to give its esteemed customers a peace of mind on the new roof mechanism.
Upfront, you will find a Mercedes-AMG sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 that generates 503 hp and 675 Nm of twisting force paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Century sprint takes 4.1 seconds, just a touch slower than the V8 Coupe‘s 4.0 second sprint time. Top speed however, is identical at 300 km/h.
In UK, the Aston Martin DB11 V8 Volante is priced at £159,900 (RM895k) before options. Closer to home, Wearnes has the DB11 V12 Coupe on sale for around RM2 million. We are still on the lookout for the V8 Coupe to arrive (if ever) to our shores, let alone its convertible twin.