Aston Martin Shows Off DB11 Volante
Suns out, twin-turbocharged V-12s out!
The Aston Martin DB11 is the most significant new car for the British sportscar company in the last decade. It has a newly developed 5.2-liter, twin-turbocharged V-12 engine developing 600 horsepower, an eight-speed ZF sourced gearbox for delivering lightning fast shifts, and an all-new chassis sure to make believers out of skeptics. While the addition of turbochargers to the car's V-12 may see some sour to the quieter exhaust note, Aston Martin has just the DB11 for a louder experience, the convertible DB11 Volante.
Aston Martin released three new pictures of the company's DB11 Volante test mule with the words "From the creators of DB11, Aston Martin Lagonda LTD, Opening Spring 2018," printed along the car's side. Based on the pictures, the DB11 Volante not only keeps the coupe's gorgeous lines, but more importantly, allows the driver and their passengers to be fully immersed in the 12-cylinder concerto.
Underneath the car's exterior, Aston Martin isn't likely to change much besides adding structural pieces to increase the car's rigidity. And while the teaser images don't show the front of the DB11 Volante, or for that matter what the car looks like with its roof down, it shouldn't look drastically different than the DB11 coupe. Where the two cars will differ is in weight, as the addition of a fully-electric folding soft top will increase the DB11's 3,902lb curb weight.
When we reached out to Aston Martin and inquired about the DB11 Volante's debut date, all the automaker would say is that it will be in showrooms come 2018 and that the company wouldn't have its world debut in either Geneva, Los Angeles, or the upcoming Paris auto shows.
We're excited to see if the lack of the DB9's "distinct asymptotic bark" is less apparent in the DB11 Volante with the roof removed. Only time will tell so stay tuned.