September 1st in the UK means new car registration day, and many people are buying new cars. Especially in the luxury sector, which is why I am writing about a memorable car this week.
A Marque quintessentially British and iconic. I played Bond for a few days behind the wheel of an Aston Martin DB11.
If you have $270,000 to spend on a new car, Aston Martin has the Super GT DB11, Volante. A convertible that can push you to 256+ Km/H in total comfort and safety. The 4-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 510PS, using its eight-speed automatic transmission to smoothly transport the car under the Driver’s complete control. There is a paddle shift on the heated, power-assisted steering wheel and a selection of suspension and driving modes to suit the road conditions and your mood.
The DB11 Volante exudes luxury with fine leather seats, a beautiful interior in colours of your choice and a great entertainment system. The hood is electronically operated from a button inside the car or remotely from the key. Both operations are super smooth as you would expect. It takes 14 secs to open and 16 to close.
The car has more boot space than the DB9 Volante it replaces, making it the true Super GT allowing 2+2 trips in style. The perfect vehicle for burning off autobahn Kilometers and then top-down cruising on the Grand Corniche.
You can imagine the fun I had driving this around the country roads of Hampshire and West Sussex; with the roof down, you feel terrific. You don’t experience any discomfort or significant wind noise even at the national speed limit pace as the design pushes air up and around the Driver’s cabin.
The Volante is the open-top version of the DB11 Coupe, launched to wide acclaim in 2016; it sets supreme standards of engineering, performance, style and innovation to create the ultimate Convertible Sports GT.
As the Driver, you benefit from a broader amount of capabilities from the car with superior handling and performance. First seen in the DB11 Coupe, a bonded aluminium structure is used on the Volante meaning it is rigid yet lighter than previous models. Refinement is increased along with interior space and comfort, making it the perfect Grand Tourer.
Aston Martin’s DB11 Volante’s range of abilities is possible due to the three-stage powertrain and chassis modes. I loved switching around the modes as I came out of a town section onto a fast winding road; I would select the appropriate setting feel the suspension tighten, and power increase and whoosh, floor it.
The dynamic torque vectoring, 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, and limited-slip differential electric power steering work in perfect harmony.
As well as stunning performance and handling, you want your creature comforts and practicality from a car, and the DB11 Volante can be used for a daily drive. Aston Martin provides a heated steering wheel to allow for all-season open-air motoring. Rear seat ISOFIX attachment points are fitted for the first time in an Aston Martin convertible allowing you to take your babies with you on any journey.
A single-piece aluminium bonnet and innovative ‘Curlicue’ feature on the DB11 Volante give it a sleek curve.
On the inside, new wood or carbon fibre veneer panels on the seat backs, combined with a beautifully tailored fabric hood, are available in Bordeaux red, black, silver or grey silver.
The roof of the DB11 Volante is its defining feature, and Aston Martin combines the fabric hood with the latest acoustic and insulation materials. An eight-layer roof protects occupants from weather and wind noise extremes. It stacks to a class-leading height, can be operated remotely by key or on the move at speeds of up to 31mph with a 31mph headwind. The new hood system has also led to a 20 per cent gain in boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.
Other Convertibles that go up against the Aston Martin DB11 Volante are the Mercedes SL class Cabriolet the Bentley Continental GT and the less expensive but desirable Lexus LC.
A fabulous car, the Aston Martin DB11 Volante provides the ultimate driving pleasure of roof-down motoring; sadly, in the UK, we need the weather to allow this.