- The arrival of an open-topped DB12 is not any shock however nonetheless a welcome addition.
- The DB12 Volante’s power-operated cloth roof folds in simply 14 seconds.
- With the roof up, the 671-hp V-8 provides a 202-mph prime velocity.
As evening follows day, so the open-topped model of an Aston sports activities automotive arrives shortly after the coupe. On this case, which means the totally predictable, but additionally totally stunning, DB12 Volante, which is the convertible model of the common DB12 we drove for the primary time final month in Europe.
As with the coupe, Aston is describing the Volante as a “tremendous tourer,” supposed to mix the efficiency of a high-end sports activities automotive with the grand-touring capabilities of a conventional Aston Martin. Mechanically it’s unchanged from the fixed-roof model, utilizing the identical twin-turbo 4.0-liter AMG-sourced V-8 engine making peaks of 671 horsepower and 590 pound-feet. The choice of a V-12 engine is not accessible; Aston is reserving that for the forthcoming alternative for the DBS Superleggera.
But even with solely 4 liters of capability and eight cylinders to name on, the DB12 Volante will nonetheless be toweringly quick. Aston claims it will likely be able to a 3.6-second zero-to-60-mph time, which is simply one-tenth slower than the corresponding time for the coupe. Each variations of the DB12 have similar 202-mph prime speeds, though the Volante will solely have the ability to hit that peak with the roof in place. In accordance with Aston’s figures, the convertible is 240 kilos heavier than the coupe, which means it needs to be round 4350 kilos after we get it on the scales.
The Volante’s roof is an eight-layer cloth prime that hides totally beneath the rear deck as soon as lowered. Toplessness fits the DB12 notably properly, particularly for individuals who aren’t particularly keen on the black trim that extends rearward from the coupe’s greenhouse. The Volante loses that totally, and the roof-down profile is compelling in its simplicity. 4 convertible-top cloth colours might be accessible: black, purple, blue, and black/silver. Aston says that the roof takes simply 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to shut, with this doable at speeds of as much as 31 mph.
The Volante might be provided solely with an eight-speed automated and rear-wheel drive, with reactions sharpened by an electronically managed locking differential on the rear. Adaptive dampers are commonplace and claimed to have a 500 % enhance in “bandwidth of power distribution” in comparison with those utilized by the DB11 Volante. The brand new Volante might be softer than the coupe, having completely different rear springs and what Aston describes as a “devoted damper tune”; it’s also claimed to have 5 % higher torsional rigidity than the DB11 Volante.
Probably the most important change for the DB12 Volante is similar as on the coupe, the arrival of a redesigned and higher-quality cabin that includes each improved ergonomics but additionally using a touchscreen interface reasonably than the cumbersome turn-and-click controller of the DB11. Whereas the mechanical and structural transformation between DB11 and DB12 is successfully a heavy facelift, that is one space the place the brand new Volante ought to really feel like a wholly new automotive.
The DB12 Volante will make its debut throughout Monterey Automotive Week this week and can go into manufacturing in time for the primary consumers to take supply earlier than the top of the yr. Official pricing hasn’t been introduced but, however we’re instructed to anticipate it to be someplace across the $265,000 mark within the U.S. That’s a comparatively modest enhance over the $236,000 DB11 Volante, one that appears justified given the dimensions of the enhancements which were wrought.
Senior European Correspondent
Our man on the opposite aspect of the pond, Mike Duff lives in Britain however studies from throughout Europe, generally past. He has beforehand held workers roles on UK titles together with CAR, Autocar and evo, however his personal automotive tastes have a tendency in direction of the Germanic, proudly owning each a hard 987-generation Porsche Cayman S and a Mercedes 190E 2.5-16.