Words by Eduardo Lim, Creative Director, EDOHAUS
Photo: Aston Martin
When it comes to car design aesthetics, you can’t go wrong in an Aston Martin. In just about any model released exude an elegance that is very British. After much fanfare on the James Bond’s DB10 and their newfound design language, they introduced the Aston Martin DB11 Coupe in 2016. Now, they decided to cut off the roof and bestowed the name DB11 Volante.
Power comes from an all-new 4.0L twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 510PS (~503hp) and is mated to an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission. It also features ‘Curlicure’ aerodynamic (designed to minimize front-end lift) and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring comes as a standard, so handling should be top-notched.
All-new bonded aluminum chassis is 26kg lighter, has better structural rigidity and has gained 20 per cent more boot space than the DB9 Volante it replaces. It comes with a heated steering wheel for added comfort while driving in open-top mode. A selection of wood or carbon fibre veneer panels on finishes the seat backs for added personality while the rear seats are now equipped with ISOFIX for easy child-seat attachment.
Its 8-layer fabric hood, which comes in bordeaux red, grey silver, or black silver finishes, are created for maximum protection from extreme weather and noise reduction. The fabric hood can be operated remotely via key and closes at 16 seconds while opens at 14 seconds. It can also function while on the move for up to 31mph.
Priced at £159,900 and will begin deliveries in the first quarter of 2018.
Now, if only I can get my hands on these, I can write a more realistic experience than a summary of what’s out in the open.
Aston Martin, if you’re listening, you know what to do.