DB12 Volante is the stablemate to the recently introduced DB12 Coupe, the world's first Super Tourer, which was unveiled by Lance and Fernando at a glittering event ahead of this year’s Monaco Grand Prix.
Continuing Aston Martin's illustrious tradition of high-performance convertibles, DB12 Volante combines timeless style and craftsmanship with advanced technologies, state-of-the-art engineering and an unrivalled open top driving experience as we continue to celebrate the 110th anniversary of our iconic marque.
"Creating open-air performance machines for drivers has always held a special place in hearts across Aston Martin, dating back to 1965, with our introduction of the first Volante model, the legendary Short Chassis. It has been, and always will be, a design beacon for us," said Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman.
"The new DB12 Volante is again another emotional Aston Martin design form with a desire to be driven. We've sculpted a graceful, muscular exterior shape that reflects its immense capabilities, set atop very advanced structural elements, with a clean, contemporary interior. Crafted through performance design for those who share our joy and happiness for adventuring in cars in the open air, new DB12 Volante is certainly exhilarating to experience and one that adds to our distinctive history."
A potent hand-built 4.0 twin-turbo V8 engine gives formidable performance and a rapturous soundtrack to the DB12 Volante. Tuned by Aston Martin engineers, the engine delivers a class-leading 671bhp at 6,000rpm and 590 lb ft of torque between 2,750 and 6,000 rpm. Power is fed through a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission that culminates in a 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 202mph.
The DB12 Volante driver enjoys dynamic driving modes, adaptive dampers and a stiffer chassis to complement the open-top nature of the Super Tourer. An optional carbon-ceramic brake system offers increased stopping performance.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Amedeo Felisa, said: "For many of our customers, roof down driving is the greatest pleasure. Aston Martin Volantes have captured that emotion and expressed it in unique style for more than six decades. With the new DB12 Volante we have changed the rules, creating a car that intensifies those feelings by preserving all the purity and exceptional sporting capabilities of the DB12 Coupe. A rare and true sporting convertible in every respect, this is a car to challenge preconceptions and find a new generation of Volante customer."
Central to the Volante experience is its electrically-operated 'K-fold' roof, named due to the two-stage folding procedure to maximise luggage capacity. The roof takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close and can be used at speeds of up to 31mph. Featuring eight layers of insulation, the fabric roof canopy is acoustically enhanced for improved cabin comfort and, when raised, it sits below a hard tonneau cover to create an elegant tail.
There are four exterior hood covers to choose from with black as standard, along with three options – red, blue, and black and silver – ensuring a near-endless choice of body and interior configurations.
Inside, the Volante interior differs from its Coupe counterpart with wood veneer or carbon fibre panels on the seatbacks, matched to the door trim inlay, to create an extra level of visual sumptuousness when the roof is lowered. The DB12's bespoke Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound hi-fi and bespoke infotainment enhance the experience within the Volante.
Those who wish to put their own stamp on the DB12 Volante can access the skills of Q by Aston Martin and embark on a one-off personal journey to tweak every detail of the open-top Super Tourer.
Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer Roberto Fedeli said: "Volante possesses all the Super Tourer traits so successfully introduced in the DB12 Coupe. That we have preserved this class-leading performance and handling is testament to the underlying brilliance of the DB12 platform and the work we have done to maintain the advantage of its superb powertrain and chassis in an open-top version. No longer the 'softer' option, DB12 Volante offers the stimulation of a true sports car with the unique pleasure and satisfaction that only a convertible Aston Martin can deliver."
Production of DB12 Volante is due to commence in Q3 of 2023, with first deliveries scheduled to begin during Q4 2023.
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