2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible

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in Midsize convertibles
2019 MODEL

Detailed Review

A convertible is just what was needed for the DB11 range. Following the DB11 V8, Aston Martin has introduced the DB11 Volante which comes only with a V8 engine. Aston did not put a V12 in the DB11 convertible because they said that would compromise the dynamics of the DB11. The best grand tourer in the world now allows you to also have the wind in your hair feeling.

There are a few more cars that offer you the wind in the hair feeling with equally hefty price tags and of course performance too. Taking on the DB11 Volante are Bentley Continental GT Convertible, the Ferrari Portofino and the Mercedes AMG S65 Cabriolet. Let’s see how the Aston fares against the competition.

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Pros

Stunning V8 engine

Gorgeous looks even with the top down

Great Quality interiors

Amazing chassis tuning for a convertible

Cons

Rear seats are quite cramped

The infotainment system is still not the best

Common driver aids and safety features are not offered

What's New?

The new DB11 V8 Volante followed the V8 coupe, both of which were freshly introduced in the year 2018.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$216495

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

horsepower

503 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

513 lb.-ft. @ 2000 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

rear ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

length

187 in.

height

51.2 in.

curb weight

4134 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

36.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

39.9 cu ft.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

5 years/60000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/60000 miles

roadside assistance

no



Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible V8

V8

power
503 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$216,495


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
V8 2dr Convertible (4.0L 8cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $216,495 MSRP (18 mpg/20/24 mpg) 503 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4 L, V-8, premium unleaded (required)
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8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4   Divine Red
  Diavolo Red
  Q Blush Pearl
  Q Golden Saffron
  Sea Storm
  Ultramarine Black
  Midnight Blue
  Q Iridescent Emerald

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 25 days ago

Do not be disappointed with just a V8 engine as it packs in plenty of punch. The engine is sourced from AMG. It's a 4.0L, twin turbo, V8 which produces 503 hp and 505 lb-ft of torque. It costs $219,581 which is quite a fortune for a V8 convertible but there's more than just number of cylinders and power and torque figures.

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible Features

The DB11 Volante comes in only one trim and that is with the V8 engine. Aston said that the V12 engine in the DB11 convertible would be too much of a weight penalty and would compromise the dynamics of the car. But trust us, the V8 engine is amazing enough to not make you miss the V12. Furthermore, there are numerous options of customization to make your individual DB11 Volante.

Trim

DB11 V8 Volante

MSRP

$216,495

Key Features

V8 engine with 503 hp

 

20-inch wheels

 

Adaptive suspension

 

LED headlights and taillights

 

Hands-free trunk

 

Power-adjustable heated front seats

 

Keyless ignition and entry

 

Leather upholstery

 

K-fold roof design

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

360-degree parking camera

 

Front and rear parking sensors.

 

Digital instrument and gauges display

 

8-inch infotainment display with rotary control dial

 

Bluetooth and satellite radio

 

iPhone integration

 

Premium Aston Martin audio system

 

In-car Wi-Fi hotspot

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Aston Martin offers the most tasteful options on any car you buy from them. With the right options you might even have one-of-a-kind DB11 that no one owns.

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible Engine

"With extra cross-bracing connecting the top mounts, the chassis is more rigid at the suspension pivot points, which adds crispness to its front-end responses. What's more, the extra mass from the folding top has shifted the Volante's weight balance astern." - The Drive

Engine and Transmission

Models

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Ferrari Portofino convertible

Mercedes S65 AMG Convertible

MSRP

$236,100

$219,581

$210,783

$253,550

Engine

6.0L Twin Turbo W12

4.0L Twin Turbo V8

3.9L Twin Turbo V8

6.0L V12 Twin Turbo

Transmission

8 Speed Dual Clutch automatic

8 Speed Dual Clutch automatic

7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission

7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission

Horsepower

626 hp@ 6000 rpm

503 hp@ 6000rpm

591 hp@ 7500rpm

621 hp@ 4800rpm

Torque

664 ft-lbs@ 1350 rpm

513 ft-lbs@ 2000rpm

561 ft-lbs@ 3000rpm

738 ft-lbs@ 2300rpm

Aston Martin has sourced a 4.0L, twin turbocharged, V8 engine from AMG which produces 503 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 513 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm. Aston further tuned the engine for the DB11 which also gives it a distinctive rich, sonorous burble with occasional pops and crackles. The engine is of course lighter than the V12 and very responsive indeed. The power is available progressively all across the rev range and the throttle response in unbelievable. There is virtually no turbo lag and in Sport+ mode, the throttle pedal feels a bit too responsive. It's an Aston Martin tuned AMG and its as amazing as the proposition sounds.

The 8-speed ZF dual clutch gearbox is amazing too. The gearbox has also received some tuning for the newly calibrated powertrain. The shifts are instantaneous the tight. The gear ratios are perfectly spaced and seems to be a perfect fit for this powertrain. The only flaw with the gearbox would be a rather jerky upshift in the Sport mode from the second gear to the third gear. The column mounted shift paddles also feel amazing to tap on.

The other convertible GTs in competition with the DB11 Volante have quite more power outputs. The Bentley has the most power with 626 hp and while the Bentley's W12 itself has a lot of torque, the AMG S65 Coupe has more torque still and by quite a margin. All cars use 7 or 8 speed dual clutch transmissions. The power deficit for the DB11 is not really a drawback here as the DB11 Volante is an extremely capable car which is very fun to drive with amazing dynamics.

Acceleration

Models

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Ferrari Portofino convertible

Mercedes S65 AMG Convertible

0-60 MPH

3.7 sec

4.0 sec

3.5 sec

4.0 sec

Quarter mile

11.7

12.3 sec

11.2 sec

N/A

Engine

6.0L W12 Twin Turbo

4.0L Twin Turbo V8

3.9L Twin Turbo V8

6.0L V12 Twin Turbo

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The fact that sheer horsepower does not matter all the time becomes relevant when you see the acceleration of the DB11 Volante in respect to its competitors. The DB11 Volante takes just 4.0 seconds to sprint to 60 mph while the Bentley Continental GT convertible which has over 100 horsepower more than the Volante takes 3.7 seconds, only 0.3 seconds faster than the Volante. The Ferrari Portofino is the fastest to 60 mph at 3.5 seconds. The DB11 Volante ties it with the Mercedes S65 AMG convertible which also has over 100 horsepower more than the Volante.

Braking

Model

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Ferrari Portofino Convertible

Mercedes S65 AMG Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

16.5

15.7

15.4

15.4

Brake Rear (in.)

15

14.2

14.2

14.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

5322

4134

3668

4971

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The brakes used in the Volante are the same as used in the DB11 AMR and surprisingly, it weighs the same as the DB11 Volante. The roof mechanism seems to compensate for the heavier engine. Still, the Portofino is the lightest vehicle in the competition. The brake pedal is nicely firm and with a progressive movement that provides very good amount of bite. The car remains predictable and stable even under hard braking.

Ride and Handling

Aston Martin has done an incredible job with the chassis of the DB11. Chopping off the roof hugely compromises with the structural rigidity of any car but the DB11 Volante ends up driving identical to the V8 coupe. The Volante has gained 254 lbs of weight over the V8 coupe, most of which has gone in re-strengthening the chassis and it really makes a difference. Weight distribution is now 47% in the front and 53% at the rear over the coupe's 49/51 and the rear biased weight distribution actually contributes to the driving experience of the car. Honestly, there are no vibrations, cowl shakes or quivers that you would notice over the standard coupe. Amazing job there, Aston.

Strongly sticking to its GT roots, the DB11 Volante maintains a comfortable ride at all times. Even in the sportiest setting, the ride is still comfortable. There are three drive modes - GT, Sport, and Sport+. The GT mode epitomizes grand touring with soft suspension, relaxed power delivery and gear shifts and a light burble at the exhaust pipe. Dial up to the Sports+ mode and the throttle response is amazingly aggressive with snappier gear shifts but the ride still remains compliant enough.

The steering is sharp and precise, adequately weighted and you always go where you point the car too. It carves out its corners with great ease with great feedback from the road as well. In the sportier modes, the steering becomes adequately hefty. Sports mode is the best mode as it combines comfortable cruising with enough sportiness. However, the DB11 is a very wide car and you'd always be looking over the corners so that you do not scratch your car in congested roads or narrow country lanes. It becomes a little difficult to maneuver the car in such spaces but find the right road and the car is stunningly rewarding.

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible Fuel Economy

Model

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Ferrari Portofino convertible

Mercedes S65 AMG Convertible

MPG (city)

16

15

16

14

MPG (highway)

30

21

22

21

MPG (combined)

23

17

19

16

Tank Capacity (gal)

24

20.5

21.1

21.1

Even though the Aston Martin has a V8 engine, it's still not the most fuel efficient car in this competition against 12 cylinder engines. The Bentley's W12 engine with active cylinder deactivation returns 23 miles to the gallon combined whereas the DB11 with a V8 power plant returns just 17 miles to the gallon combined. Even the Ferrari with a V8 engine has better fuel economy. The DB11 is however better than the Mercedes S65 AMG convertible which gives just 16 miles to the gallon combined. But do you really care for fuel economy in these cars?

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible Interior

"With the top lowered, onlookers will be able to check out the DB11's plush interior, which is much improved over Astons of yore. Even so, some fit-and-finish issues persist, and there are elements of cheapness within." - Car and Driver

Design

Astons interiors have come a long way from their last generation and the new generation interior was introduced with the DB11. The same interiors continue with the Volante and its special like you would expect in a luxury grand tourer. The previously used retractable screen has been replaced by a static 8 inch infotainment display which has been sourced from Mercedes. The AC vents sit below the screen below which are a band of five buttons as before for the gear selector and the engine start/stop button in the middle.

The console below has been changed completely from the last generation. It is now a seamless screen with haptic touch buttons and a few physical buttons. The layout seems very contemporary and in fact, timeless. While using the buttons requires you to take your eyes off the road, it is quite pleasing to use. There's a rotary dial along with a track pad on the center console for the infotainment system which is exactly the same as is used in Mercedes Benz cars.

The instrument console has also changed completely. It's a completely digital unit with a physical outline for the main circular screen and it looks quite cool indeed. The screens are very configurable and the flat bottomed steering wheel with cool buttons and wrapped in alcantara feels really nice to hold. There's plenty use of leather all around the car and it really feels special like an Aston should feel. However, there are not many places to store your nitti-gritties. Not even a glove box. The 8-layered fabric rooftop keeps the interiors very silent as well.

Seating and Comfort

Model

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Ferrari Portofino convertible

Mercedes S65 AMG Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

37.7/60.6/NA

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

37.6/54.1/NA

Your thrones in the Volante are really amazing. Very well sculpted, they hold you well when you are cornering at high speeds. They are heated and cooled, and are amazingly comfortable. However, the rear seats are quite cramped and no adult would fit there comfortably. Its best suited for children or luggage overflow.

Infotainment System

Aston Martin sources the infotainment system from Mercedes but it's the last generation of Mercedes's infotainment system which feels a little dated now. The system is not as fast to respond but it's otherwise a nice system to use. Also, the graphics could have been better. You operate the system with the familiar rotary dial and track pad from Mercedes and it's pretty easy to operate through the system.

The screens in the instrument cluster are better actually. The graphic are better and they are quite configurable. The instrument cluster is more up to date and is a really cool feature in the AMR.

Interior Features

  • Strathmore leather monotone interior
  • Memory front seats and exterior mirrors (three memory positions)
  • Heated front seats
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 360O birds-eye camera
  • Cruise control & speed limiter
  • Automatic temperature control with dual zone climate control
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with side airbags
  • Pelvis and Thorax seat mounted airbags
  • Electronic Instrument Cluster with mode specific displays
  • Keyless entry & go
  • Heated rear screen
  • Infotainment system with capacitive switching
  • 400-watt Aston Martin Audio System
  • 8.0" LCD screen

 

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible Exterior

"In creating the droptop Volante version, designers made sure not to mess too much with the coupe's gorgeous silhouette. Despite a fair bit of reshaping of the rear haunches to accommodate the mechanism for the folding softtop, they've largely succeeded." - Car and Driver

Design

The DB11 coupe is an extremely beautiful car and Aston Martin has done a great job at keeping the silhouette of the car same. With the roof up, it almost looks identical and it's a stunning looker. Perfectly proportionate and lots of muscles with a great amount of poise - that's what describes the Volante. The front is not busy like many other sports cars but just the wide gaping grille dominates the face. There are few scoops on the hood and the AMR now gets a lime green stipe on the hood.

When you move over to the sides, you realize the stunning proportions of the car. A bonnet that extends towards the horizon and a short rear overhang give the DB11 an amazing silhouette. Little details like the fender scoops, side pods add some contrast to the otherwise smoothly flowing curves on the body of the car. With the roof down, the car maintains a stunning long, low and slender character from the sides. The rear haunches have been raised just a little bit to accommodate the folding rooftop. The fabric roof neatly fold s away in the rear compartment in just 16 seconds and up to 31 mph on the go.

The rear quarter is probably the most attractive angle of the DB11. The sloping roofline is gone but with the roof up, it still maintains almost the same lines coming to make the short rear overhang and then the extremely stylish LED tail lamps- a piece of sheer automotive art. However, this car is more about its curves and how beautifully the muscles have been carved out, particularly over the rear haunches. Stunningly beautiful.

Exterior Dimensions

Model

Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Ferrari Portofino convertible

Mercedes S65 AMG Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

5322

4134

3668

4971

Length(in)

190.9

187.0

180.6

198.9

Width(in)

86.1

76.8

76.3

75.3

Height(in)

55.1

51.2

51.9

56.1

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

112.2

110.4

105.1

115.9

Track width (in) F/R

65.8/65.5

N/A

64.2/64.6

64.1/64.7

In comparison to its rivals, the Aston Martin DB11 AMR is not the biggest car. It's not that the Aston is small but the other cars are just bigger. The Mercedes S65 AMG is the longest whereas the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is the shortest and the Bentley is the widest. With all its muscles, the Aston is still a very wide car that it would not fit on a single lane of a B-road. Also, the DB11 is the lone of the lighter cars here in the competition which largely contributes to its sport nature.

Exterior Features

  • K-Fold Roof Design
  • LED headlamps with integrated daytime running, side lights and direction indicators
  • LED light blade tail-lamps
  • Deployable spoiler to improve downforce
  • 1 piece clamshell with syncing latches
  • Curlicue aero feature in fender
  • Laminated glass all-round for improved NVH
  • Roll-over Protection System (ROPS)
  • Titanium meshes
  • 20" 10-spoke Silver
  • Diamond Turned wheels
  • Grey Painted brake calipers
  • Bright Waistrail Finisher
  • Smoked Rear Tail Lights
  • Gloss Black splitter, diffuser and sills

 

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible Safety

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante does not come loaded with lots of safety features like we have become used to in luxury cars. It comes decently equipped with safety features and you will certainly be safe in the car but some advanced technologies that we see in some Mercedes or other brands are definitely not on offer. Neither NHTSA nor IIHS has rated the vehicle and we cannot offer you their ratings.

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • 360O birds-eye camera
  • Cruise control & speed limiter
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • Alarm and immobilizer
  • Electrically adjustable front seats with side airbags
  • Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags
  • Curtain side and knee head airbags
  • Pelvis and Thorax seat mounted airbags

 

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible Competition

Aston Martin DB11 Volante vs Bentley Continental GT Convertible

Both the Bentley and the Aston are exceptional machines that have great driving dynamics but are still somewhat different in character. While the Continental GT is more focused towards luxury, the Aston prioritizes performance. While the DB11 is quite behind in terms of power from its V8 engine, it sure puts up a strong fight with its great driving dynamics as a sports car and still sticking to its GT roots. Also, while the Aston has still amazing interiors, there's no matching the craftsmanship in the Bentley. Looks are a subjective matter and both cars look stunningly awesome. In the end, a choice between these cars comes down to your priority. If horsepower is not your concern, the DB11 Volante is all the car you would ever need. Conversely, the Bentley with its colossal W12 engine and outright luxury is also absolutely worth it.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante vs Ferrari Portofino

Two extremely gorgeous drop top convertibles, the Portofino and the DB11 Volante, both are very capable cars. On paper, the Portofino is more powerful and quicker too. The Ferrari is nimble and agile, always up on its toes. It's Ferrari's entry level car but every bit a Ferrari. The DB11 on the other hand is more laid back but dynamics are right up there with the Ferrari. While looks may be a subjective matter, and Ferrari's now have grown to be beautiful, the DB11 simply looks stunning. Both interiors are equally special and they both prioritize driving pleasure over unnecessary in-car tech and luxurious. The Ferrari is however cheaper than the DB11 which really gives it the edge. It's more capable and packs in quite some GT character as well to give the Aston a bang for its buck.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante vs Mercedes S65 AMG Convertible

A sensational AMG V12 engine, lots of German technology, sensation of drop-top motoring and luxury as you would expect from Mercedes - that's what the S65 Cabriolet is. Even though the Mercedes is more powerful than the DB11, both cars are similar on the performance front. The DB11 does not have the drama of the AMG engine but its sporty dynamics will shock you. Also, the DB11 is the better handler of the two. The DB11 sure does not pack the technology or the luxuriousness of the S65 cabriolet but on the exterior, it is the more attractive car of the two. Lastly, considering the price of both cars, the Mercedes S56 AMG cabriolet is quite more expensive than the DB11. The DB11 gives equal performance and a style statement very special at a much affordable price.

2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante Convertible Final Verdict

The Aston Martin DB11 V8 Volante is a stunning car. Chopping off the roof has not compromised anything with the car, in fact has made it more enjoyable. Aston has done a great job with the engineering in this car and it lets you enjoy all the fun characteristics of the V8 coupe.

The AMG engine will always remain a highlight and now with the top down, you can enjoy some wind in your hair. Aston has also tuned the engine to give it a distinctive sound and now you can enjoy it all the more with the roof down. As the DB11 always epitomized grand touring, the DB11 Volante takes it to another level with a whole new sensation.