If you want to know what an Aston Martin DB11 feels like, take a look at this. Just the sound of the engine note from the minute you turn it on seems to scream “Buckle up matey, we’re going to have fun!???
The only way to improve this astonishing vehicle is to take something away – the roof, and that is exactly what Aston Martin have done, to produce a car which will turn heads while putting a very smug smile on the driver’s face.
Spoiler Alert: Don’t get too excited! While Aston Martin announced the launch of this rather stunning addition to the range, those who have rather fat wallets won’t actually be able to buy one for at least 18 months.
The DB11 was only launched 10 months ago to grand aplomb. The company claims that not a single part of the DB9 has been carried over to the new car. Yet it is still unmistakably Aston Martin with the big, long GT body and coachwork. The blurb may claim it to be a 4 seater but the reality is that it is a 2+2 (which in our books translates to meaning 2 adults and 2 children). Yes, you could fit 4 adults into this fabulous vehicle, however at 6 feet tall, I would not like to be in the back on a long journey!
So back to its new sibling, the DB11 Volante. Aston Martin have been very light on detail, more focusing on the desire and looks rather than the facts we all want to digest. They will, of course, produce some stunning teaser ads, which you can expect to see from mid 2017 and yes, we will keep you posted. However, if you are happy to wait till 2018 to get your hands on the keys of the stunner, here are the very few snippets of information that Aston Martin have revealed to wet your appetite. Described as a “lightly disguised engineering car???, the convertible version will use the same twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 as the coupé, making 600bhp at 6500rpm and 516lb fit between 1500 and 5000rpm.
Of course, the rumour mill is rife that the DB11 Volante could be launched with the new twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 from Mercedes-AMG which is the successor to their existing V8 Vantage.
The soft topped Volante is aiming to match the coupé’s 0-62mph time of 3.9sec, even though it will actually be a few KG heavier due to the roof mechanism and chassis strengthening.
As stunning as the DB11 Volante is, the cleaver folks at Aston Martin have kept the 2+2 configuration meaning that in this ultra-premium marketplace, there are few rivals. The Bentley Continental GT is an obvious alternative, however it is considerably larger even if it can match the DB11 in terms of top speed, its 0-60 is a good half a second slower and approximately £30k more than the Aston Martin DB11 Volante is expected to be.
The only true rival in the 2+2 convertible funnster is, of course, the Ferrari California T Convertible. Another stunning option, and available now for around the same price, which I test drove recently. Yet, as I mentioned, I am 6 feet tall and I have to put the seat all the way back making the back seat a very elegant parcel shelf. The DB11, on the other hand, can actually fit a couple of people in the rear without them having to sit cross legged so I know which one I would go for if an additional rear seat was a key feature.