Aston says the new car is its sportiest open-top model yet. It has chosen to launch with the lighter V8 engine rather than a V12 to ensure handling is as keen as possible. It is understood that a V12 version is not currently in the product plan, but it would be a likely addition later in the car’s life.
The V8 unit in the 2+2 DB11 Volante produces the same 503bhp at 6000rpm and 513lb ft at 2000-5000rpm as in the DB11 V8 coupé. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and drives the rear wheels.
With a kerb weight of 1870kg, the DB11 Volante weighs 110kg more than the V8 coupé on which it is based. Aston says the DB11 Volante is some 26kg lighter and 5% stiffer than its V12-powered DB9 Volante predecessor. The weight distribution is claimed to be 47% front and 53% rear.
The roof and its mechanism are a new design for Aston.