2020 Aston Martin DB11 Volante – Specs & Price
If it remains faithful to the charm of the canvas hood, the 2020 Aston Martin DB11 Volante is converted in turn to the Mercedes V8 developed at AMG.
While Ferrari designed a model ex nihilo for fans of the 2 + 2 convertible, Aston Martin, its main rival, preferred to decapsulate an existing model, in this case the recent DB11. The forms of the last British GT have lost none of their seduction in the operation. Unlike the Portofino, the Aston remains true to the inimitable charm of the eight-layer canvas hood. Better integrated than the DB9 Volante it replaces, this headwear manages to maintain a roofline similar to that of the coupe. A challenge. The engineers do not hide having learned a lot from their shareholder Mercedes.
The hood system is thus borrowed from the C-Class Cabriolet. It takes up less space than before since the trunk has gained 20% in volume (from 202 to 260 liters depending on the configuration) and allows to discover the cabin and bring out the hips protruding from the DB11 in 14 seconds, in traveling up to 50 km / h.
At the firm to the star, the new Volante also borrows the 4-liter V8 biturbo AMG-GT coupe. It concedes all the same 90 hp to the Ferrari, displaying a power of 510 hp at 6,000 rpm. In terms of torque, the difference, to the advantage of the Italian, is of the same order. This German V8 is mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission that performs perfectly. In the end, despite an aluminum structure, the integration of reinforcements in favor of stiffness is paid by an overweight of 110 kg (1,870 kg) compared to the V8 coupe. The control of the mass forces the Volante to give up the new V12 5.2-liter twin-turbo.
As evacuate the subject right away, the tone of voice of the V8, which refers rather to American sports, enters into dissonance with the elegance of the line. It gets better by raising the pace. Music lovers will even have the right to bewitching explosions at deceleration and downshifting. It really benefits hooded retracted without affecting the maintenance of a conversation. In this configuration, the antiremous net, still charged 714 euros, houses the driver and his passenger air changes and prevents them from raising their voices. Traveling in the back is a punishment as the places are symbolic and reserved for short distances.
2020 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Interior
Compared to the sportier Ferrari, the 2020 Aston Martin DB11 Volante plays a partition more turned towards the big tourism. It nevertheless responds to the slightest demands of the accelerator without response time. Never short of resources, it reaches 100 km / h in 4.1 seconds and you plate the seat record at all recovery plans. But the sensations are more quilted than driving Italian. The English favors comfort, at the cost of a direction lacking effort feedback and a suspension too flexible. The Sport + mode of depreciation helps to partially stem the phenomenon without degrading the general approval. We then delight in harmonies of the habitable fully stretched leather and often enhanced with precious wood veneers. It is finally the central shelf Mercedes encircled with a rough rubber frame and the hypertrophied joints of the openings which tarnish the exclusive character of this English convertible displayed at 199.712 euros.