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ASTON MARTIN DB11 Convertible

V8 Volante 2dr Touchtronic Auto

ASTON MARTIN DB11 Convertible - V8 Volante 2dr Touchtronic Auto

Vehicle Information

List Price
£165,025.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
26 MPG
0-62 mph
4.1 secs
Engine Size
4.0
No. of Doors
2
CO2
263 g/km
By Line

The DB11 becomes even more striking in open-topped Volante form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

The DB11, Aston Martin's consummate sporting luxury GT, becomes even more desirable in open-topped Volante form. It's stiffer, more sophisticated and even more beautiful than its predecessor. In short, you'd like one.

Background

As we've said previously in evaluating the coupe DB11, this model will almost certainly prove to be the most important car in Aston Martin's history. And that means it also needs to be available in this Volante open-topped form. Lighter and more rigid than the model it replaces, this convertible derivative has been engineered to deliver a much broader envelope of abilities than previous cabrio Aston Martins could offer. Greater levels of performance and handling accentuate the more sporting side of its character, while increased refinement, comfort and interior space ensure it remains a consummate grand tourer.

Driving Experience

Aston Martin launched this Volante derivative with the engine most DB11 buyers want, the 4.0-litre V8 the brand has borrowed from Mercedes-AMG (the same as that used in the Mercedes-AMG GT) which puts out 510bhp. 62mph from rest takes about 4 seconds and the top speed is 187mph. Drive is dealt with via a super-smooth paddleshift eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox mounted at the rear and driving the rear wheels. And there's a drive mode control system that independently controls the powertrain and the chassis via 'GT', 'Sport' and 'Sport Plus' options, all of which are quite viable for road use. There's definitely something about the gloriously fearsome bark of the twin-turbocharged engine when it barks into life - or at least there is if you start it in 'full woofle' mode; there's also a 'quiet start' option, should you want to make a soft getaway. That noise is instrumental in preparing you for a unique experience as you nose out into the traffic. A thoroughbred sportscar deserves a thoroughbred engine and this is exactly that, with an exhilarating roar under hard acceleration, yet with a growl that becomes muted and melodic when cruising.

Design and Build

Visually, the DB11 Volante features the same striking single-piece aluminium bonnet and innovative 'Curlicue' aerodynamic styling that distinguishes the DB11 Coupe. The profile is beautifully sleek and completed by dramatic ultra-slim 'light blade' tail lights that create a bold C graphic for a distinctive night time illuminated signature. Inside, the finishing is of course equally exquisite, with wood or carbon fibre veneer panels on the seat backs. Through the wheel, you view a fully digital instrument panel and there's a proper start button with keyless go, rather than the previous Aston system that required you to clunkily put an 'emotional control unit' key into the dash. As you'd expect, the fabric hood is beautifully tailored and fashioned from the very latest acoustic and insulation materials, with an 8-layer construction to cosset occupants from the extremes of weather and wind noise. It's available in a choice of bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver and has a class-leading rear stack height. the hood takes just 14 seconds to lower and 16 seconds to close and can be operated remotely from the key, or on the move at speeds of up to 31mph with a 31mph headwind. A cleverer folding system has also led to a 20% gain in boot volume compared to the previous DB9 Volante.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £159,000 for the V8 Volante DB11 model. Whether that represents good value for money depends upon your perspective. You could argue that a Maserati GranCabrio MC or a Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster would cost you much less. But then, so would a Jaguar F-TYPE SVR or a Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet - where do you draw the line? These are all less exclusive and by contrast, mass-produced choices. For something with the same kind of feeling of exclusivity that you get in this DB11 Volante, you'd need to pay a very great deal more. This car's most obvious and probably closest rival is the Aston Martin's old-tech V12 Vantage Roadster which costs only slightly less in comparable 'Sportshift III' automatic form but uses a much thirstier old-school 6.0-litre 573bhp V12 engine. With a DB11, the focus is more on sportiness and less on comfort. At the end of the day, it depends what you want. As you'd expect, the asking price includes just about everything you could really want in terms of equipment, but of course there's lots of scope to spend more and personalise your car with aesthetic flourishes and hand-crafted interior additions.

Cost of Ownership

If you've managed to shinny up the greasy pole far enough to be able to afford an Aston Martin DB11, it's doubtful that you'll be overly concerned with the trifling matters of economy and emissions, but they mean a great deal to Aston Martin and here's why. The company needs to reduce the average CO2 output of the models across its range or face punitive EU fines. It's mildly amusing that 'engine downsizing' in 'Aston-speak' means dropping the size of the required powerplant to 'just' 4.0-litres and adding twin turbochargers to it. Nevertheless, that's made quite a difference in terms of efficiency when you compare to the old DB9 Volante (which chugged out a decidedly old-school 389g/km of CO2 and averaged only 17.2mpg). In comparison, the DB11's emissions in V8 form are rated at 230g/km of CO2, while the combined consumption return is rated at 28.5mpg. To give you a perspective on just how much of an improvement this represents, we'll tell you that the old 6.0-litre V12 still fitted to the V12 Vantage Roadster model manages 19.2mpg on the combined cycle and 343g/km of CO2.

Summary

The DB11 coupe's bonded structure has made it possible for Aston Martin to take quite a large step forward with this Volante version, the brand delivering a structure that's 26kg lighter and 5% stiffer than its predecessor. The result is a truly magnificent car. One that combines greater performance and agility with increased comfort, refinement and interior space for occupants and their luggage. There are certainly quicker, higher-tech or more sharply handling options in the market. But when you've miles to put on the clock and want the journey to feel special rather than just effortlessly rapid, it's hard to think of anything much better.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Automatic windscreen wiper control
  • Body colour windscreen surrounds
  • Bright window surrounds
  • Electric front windows
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Laminated windscreen with clear noise insulation layer
BRAKES
  • ABS EBD EBA
  • Anodised dark brake calipers
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • HBA (Hydraulic Brake Assist)
  • Torque vectoring brake
  • Traction control
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Black loadspace carpet
  • Primary cabin carpet
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Adaptive damping system
COMMUNICATION
  • Apple CarPlay preparation
  • Bluetooth Telephone preparation
DRIVER AIDS
  • 360 degree parking camera
  • Cruise control
  • Front parking sensor
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Servotronic speed sensitive power steering
  • Speed limiter
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Hands free power tailgate
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • Rotary dials
  • Satellite navigation system
  • Trip computer
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Power foldback door mirrors
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Leather wrapped inlays
ENTERTAINMENT
  • Aston martin audio system
  • Aux-in socket
  • DAB radio/CD player
  • iPod connection
  • Radio/6 CD autochanger
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • USB connection
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Aston martin enamel wings and script badging
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Bright tonneau finisher
  • Front splitter, rear diffuser and sills in graphite
  • Primary hood
  • Primary solid paint
  • Sports exhaust
  • Standard paint protection film
  • Titanium mesh bonnet vents
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED rear lamps
  • Red Tail Lights
  • Xenon (HID) headlamps headlight washers
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Dual zone climate control
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • Black leather steering wheel
  • Front armrest
  • Monotone leather trim splits
  • Power stowage
  • Primary leather upholstery
  • Primary rokona headlining
  • Rear armrest
  • Tilt/reach adjustable steering column
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • LED map reading lights
PACKS
  • Bright exterior finishers pack - DB11
  • Satin Silver Jewellery Pack - DB 11
SAFETY
  • Black seatbelts
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Passenger Airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Front thorax airbags
  • Passenger knee airbag
  • Seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
SEAT PIPING/ADDITIONAL TRIMMING
  • Fine Matching stitching
SEATS
  • Driver and passenger seat memory
  • Electric adjustable front sports seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Isofix attachment on front seat
  • Isofix attachments on rear seats
  • Lumbar support
  • Rear head restraints
SECURITY
  • Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensors)
  • Immobiliser
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote central locking
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 20" 10 spoke silver alloy wheels
WHEELS - SPARE
  • Tyre repair kit
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO2: 230
  • HC: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Bore: 83
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 3982
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout: V8
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: TWIN TURBO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Stroke: 92
  • Valve gear: QUAD CAM
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • EC Combined: 26
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 20.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 12.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 9.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 9.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 11.6
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: V8
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 503
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 4.0
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 4.1
  • BHP: 503
  • Engine Power KW: 375
  • Engine Power RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 498
  • Engine Torque MKG: 68.8
  • Engine Torque NM: 675
  • Engine Torque RPM: 2000
  • PS: Data Not Available
  • Top Speed: 187
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 255/40 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear: 295/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: 10 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Height: 1300
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4750
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.75
  • Wheelbase: 2805
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1950
  • Width (including mirrors): 2060
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 78
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1870
  • No. of Seats: 4
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Annual Mileage
5000 miles
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165,025.00
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
POA
Initial Rental
(9 months)
POA
Inc VAT
Contract Term
24 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
165,025.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
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Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£165,025.00
Transmission
Automatic
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
26 MPG
0-62 mph
4.1 secs
Engine Size
4.0
No. of Doors
2
CO2
263 g/km
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
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ASTON MARTIN DB11 Convertible

V8 Volante 2dr Touchtronic Auto

ASTON MARTIN DB11 CONVERTIBLE Volante*Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
POA
Initial Rental (9 mths)
POA inc VAT
Contract Term
24 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC

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