It hasn’t even been a month ago when Malaysia saw the launch of the Aston Martin DB12 “super tourer”. And now, Aston Martin has just unveiled a new convertible variant to the DB12’s lineup, known as the Aston Martin DB12 Volante.
As expected, the DB12 Volante sports pretty much a similar exterior design as its coupe counterpart, with the long bonnet and sleek roofline still preserved over here. The main difference found here is obviously the retractable soft top, which is electrically-operated, and is dubbed by the carmaker as the ‘K-fold’ roof. The name is actually due to the two-stage folding procedure engineered to achieve a class-leading 260 mm stack height.
Despite the various added parts and mechanisms brought by the retractable roof, Aston Martin still managed to carry out an immaculate job in keeping the DB12 Volante’s sleek shoulder- and roofline, all the way from the front to the back, without a single hiccup. Even by just looking at its pictures, we can’t help but stare at its design and constantly compliment it on how good it looks.
Roof operation takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close, and can be operated via the remote keys, provided you are within a two-metre radius of the car. Doesn’t matter if the roof is raised or lowered, Aston Martin has designed the convertible super tourer in a way that it can maintain its sporty profile either way.
The Aston Martin DB12 Volante also comes with a set of 21-inch forged alloy wheels with ‘AML’ (which stands for Aston Martin Lagonda) coded Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tyres. And like its coupe sibling, the Volante is fitted with cast-iron 400 mm and 360 mm disc brakes at the front and rear respectively.
Under the hood of the Aston Martin DB12 Volante is the same 4.0-litre V8 twin-turbo engine that powers the coupe variant. The engine has been tweaked with modified cam profiles, optimised compression ratios, and bigger turbochargers to achieve 34% more power than the DB11, resulting in 680 hp and 800 Nm.
With power sent to the rear wheels, the mill is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and has the same shortened final drive ratio and electronic rear differential (E-Diff) as its hardtop sibling. The DB12 Volante’s 0-100 km/h sprint figure is rated at 3.7 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds slower than the coupe, onward a similar top speed of 325 km/h.
The Aston Martin DB12 Volante also comes with the marque’s intelligent adaptive dampers. However, compared to the hardtop variant, the convertible grand tourer features a detailed revision to the rear spring rate and a dedicated damper tune.
Moving inside, the convertible super tourer’s cabin is pretty much similar to its hardtop counterpart’s, albeit with the wood veneer or carbon fibre panels on the seatbacks, which match the door trim inlay. And like its coupe siblings, the DB12 Volante features a 10.25-inch display that runs on the brand’s first in-house infotainment system and is both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible.
Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, said: “Creating open-air performance machines for drivers has always held a special place in hearts across Aston Martin, dating back to 1965, with our introduction of the first Volante model, the legendary Short Chassis. It has been, and always will be, a design beacon for us.”
Reichman added, “The new DB12 Volante is again another emotional Aston Martin design form with a desire to be driven. We’ve sculpted a graceful, muscular exterior shape that reflects its immense capabilities, set atop very advanced structural elements, with a clean, contemporary interior. Crafted through performance design for those who share our joy and happiness for adventuring in cars in the open air, new DB12 Volante is certainly exhilarating to experience and one that adds to our distinctive history.”