After introducing the DB12 hardtop to the world, Aston Martin now continues to launch a convertible version of this supercar, still powered by a V8 engine block originating from Mercedes-AMG.
After the completely new “super GT” DB12 was launched last May, Aston Martin now continues to introduce the DB12 Volante variant with the most obvious difference being in the convertible design, created by the folding roof. The soft top can be opened/closed flexibly instead of a fixed hard top. The great thing is that customers do not have to sacrifice anything in terms of performance when choosing the Volante version, except for a slightly heavier vehicle weight.
Aston Martin always knows how to create impressive convertibles and this DB12 Volante is no exception. Even, the car’s appearance when the roof is down shows much more seductive and harmonious proportions than the hard-top coupe, placing more emphasis on the sexy rear while revealing high-end details inside the cabin. drive.
The soft top on the DB12 Volante is made of fabric, with a total of 8 layers to optimize heat and sound insulation when fully erected. The process of opening/closing with an electric mechanism is done in 2 stages, making this roof very neat, able to fit in a stack of only 260 mm, without much impact on the luggage capacity at the back of the car. . The hood can be opened in 14 seconds and closed in 16 seconds, at speeds of 50 km/h or less or with the key within a radius of 2 meters when stationary.
In addition to the standard black color, the outer fabric layer of the soft top also has other color options such as red, blue or two tones of black and silver, thereby creating many different combinations of designs. Exterior and interior upholstery options. Unlike the DB12 hardtop coupe, the DB12 Volante has seat backs covered with wood veneer and carbon fiber panels that match the door trim. Personalization is provided by the Q by Aston Martin service.
The highlight of the interior is the new generation infotainment system developed in-house by Aston Martin, fully equipped with all the latest connectivity features. This system is integrated into the new 10.25-inch Pure Black touch screen, along with a standard 11-speaker 390 Watt Bowers & Wilkins sound system or a premium 15-speaker 1,170 Watt option.
Just like the DB12 Coupe version, the DB12 Volante is exclusively equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine supplied by Mercedes-AMG, producing 671 horsepower (500 kW or 680 PS) and extreme torque. 800 Nm. This power is transmitted to the rear axle through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, supported by an E-Diff electronic rear differential and carbon fiber wheel axle.
This convertible super GT is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, which is only 0.1 second slower than the hardtop coupe, completely insignificant in actual operation. The maximum speed parameter of 325 km/h of both versions is equivalent. Aston Martin also notes that to achieve the best performance, the DB12 Volante needs to be equipped with optional carbon ceramic brakes that are up to 27 kg lighter than the standard brake discs (400 mm front and 360 mm rear).
The DB12 Volante’s bonded aluminum structure is an upgraded version of the structure used by the DB11, but only increased by 5%, while the DB12 coupe increased by 7% compared to the previous generation. The adaptive dampers have been retuned in terms of rear spring response to better suit the convertible design.
Aston Martin DB12 Volante was launched within the framework of The Quail event of Monterey Car Week 2023 in California. This convertible version will be produced from the third quarter of this year and it is expected that the first completed cars will be ready to be delivered to customers in the fourth quarter of 2023.