The Aston Martin DB11 in coupe body style is one great piece of art but the fixed roof means you don’t get to enjoy fresh air and the sun hit your face as you crisscross the country roads. Aston Martin seems to understand this all too well hence its decision to design a convertible version of the DB11 scheduled for a debut in early 2018 as a 2019 model car. Unlike many convertibles which do not match the beauty of the coupes they are based on, this convertible version of the DB11 looks more stylish than the coupe. The model dubbed the 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante is however powered by the new V-8 power-plant sourced from AMG and there are no plans, at least not in the immediate future to offer the Volante with the traditional V-12 mill. The V-8 mill was first used on the coupe version of the DB11. “Volante” is the name Aston Martin prefers for its convertible automobiles which have its origins way back in the mid-’60s.
2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Exterior
Aston Martin has done quite an impressive job such that even with the droptop roof, the Volante is almost identical to the coupe. It comes with the same open-mouth, a single-piece grille that features 5 louvers. The model has a big splitter below the grille. Like the coupe, it features recessed headlights featuring slim LED strips on the top and outer edges. The engine hood is also unchanged; it features similar vents near the fender as well as unique muscular lines stretching from the model’s windshield all the way to the snout.
Except from waistline up, the Volante looks identical to the coupe; the convertible, however, rides on unique wheels that have a split-spoke design that makes the convertible look more attractive.
The rear also has the same styling as the coupe including similar clear taillights that feature red LEDs, a gigantic gloss-black rear insert, smaller red reflectors and Chrome exhaust tips. The only huge difference with the coupe is the Volante’s hood that stores the droptop.
Inside, except for the unlimited headroom, the Volante has the same styling as the coupe. Talking of the unlimited headroom, it takes only 14 seconds to drop the rooftop and viola you have all the headroom in the world. If the weather turns harsh suddenly, the roof can be raised in only 16 seconds. These roof operations are however possible at speeds not exceeding 31 mph. The rooftop itself has an array of insulation and acoustics as well as 8 layers of material to minimize harsh temperatures and noise to grant the passengers a serene cabin when the top is raised. The rooftop can be had in black silver, red or black silver colors.
To ensure the driver enjoys the drive as much as possible when the top is dropped, Aston Martin has offered heating on the steering wheel as standard.
The model’s tiny rear seats have ISOFIX attachments to ensure safe attachment of a child’s seat. The back of the front seats has wooden veneers but can also be had in carbon fiber (something that is not offered on the coupe). Otherwise, everything else is similar to that of the coupe. It features similar semi-digital instrument cluster with a single gauge and a steering wheel with sharp corners and flat bottom with two ledges at the 10- and 2-O’clock positions for extra support for the driver’s thumbs. Behind the wheels are paddle shifters which eliminate the need for a traditional shifter. The Volante has a touch controller as well as a button to control its electric parking brake.
The Volante also comes with an 8.0-inch display with a single layout control for the infotainment system as well as the HVAC system.
Engine and performance
As said earlier, the 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante is available with only the V-8 mill, unlike the coupe. However, like on the coupe, the V-8 does the job just fine. The mechanical setup of the Volante is similar to that of the coupe in every detail. The twin-turbocharged 4.0 L, V-8 engine produces 503 hp and 498 lb-ft of torque just like in the coupe. Maximum torque is available between 2000 and 5000 rpm. The mill is paired with an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox that directs all the power to the rear wheels.
The model’s suspension features control arms at the front and a multilink system at the back. In addition, electrically adaptive dampers enable the model’s GT, Sport as well as Sport+ mode settings.
Although the mill is not as powerful as the V-12 or produces a similar sound, the V-8 is much lighter. For the coupes, the V-12 is 253 lbs heavier than the V-8 models. The automaker has taken advantage of this saving to cancel out the additional weight due to modifications made to accommodate the droptop. Despite the extra weight, the Volante weighs almost the same as the V-12 coupe. This has enhanced the Volante’s performance; it takes 4.1 seconds just a tenth of a second slower to hit 60 mph from a standing stance than the coupe despite its heavier body. However, the Volante matches the coupe’s 187 mph top speed.
Price and release date
Sales of the 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante will begin in the second quarter of 2018. To flaunt the car on your driveway, you will need to part with $216,495 in the states, £159,900 in native U.K. and €199,000 elsewhere in Europe.