Perhaps, not since James Bond drove one in the 1964 film Goldfinger, has Aston-Martin been receiving so much positive feedback from both aficionados and the general public alike. The past several years have been good to the legendary automaker and the 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante looks poised to keep the positive vibes going. There’s a lot to like from this soft-top edition and it starts with its almost hypnotizing looks.
A Stunner that Captivates
Before getting into the nuts and bolts of the DB11 Volante, let’s start with the obvious; it’s stunning appearance. This Aston Martin has quickly evolved into a design that is not only artistic but hypnotic. It captures your attention visually simply because there is so much to look at. It starts with a shark-like front end with sweeping headlights that reach back towards thefront tires. The sculpted hood leads to a reinforced windshield with an almost imperceptible rise that carries over its taut ragtop with a glass rear window. The fact that the top can be set up and taken down in about 15 seconds and can be accomplished at speeds up to 30 mph is a nice bonus. Its topside, front-wheel cut-outs give the appearance of movement even when the DB11 Volante is in place. A trim midsection leads to an aggressive looking, slightly hunched rear. For all of its front end and side panel drama, the elegantly designed rear deck is understated, using a swish of thin lighting to add just the right amount of artistic flair. While visually light, the DB11 Volante weighs in at a hefty 4,134 lbs., some 240 lbs. heavier than the coupe.
Now, the Nuts and Bolts
The 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante shrugs off its weight “problem” on the open road with a ride that is substantial. Its wide stance makes it equally enjoyable to drive on straightaways as well as through winding curves. The 503 horsepower Mercedes AMG 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine creates 513 lb-ft of torque. This is enough to deliver a modest 0-62 time of about 4.1 seconds. While one may expect its AMG engine to produce more of a throaty roar, Aston Martin designed the intake and exhaust system of the DB11 to provide a more silky voice. In form and function, this is clearly an automobile engineered and designed to work in harmony.
The interior of the 2019 Aston Martin DB11 Volante artfully moves some of its exterior elements seamlessly inside. It starts with a sweeping center console that seems to extend the lines of the hood to the interior. This creates a true cockpit feel that is enhanced with a drivers side dashboard that is distinctively taller than that of the passenger side. The combination of its reinforced, sloping windshield combined with a tight, 8 layer soft top, provides some impressive insulating qualities. Make no mistake, however, that the BD 11 Volante is most satisfying when driving with the top down.
The Legacy Continues
Since 1913, Aston Martin has produced some amazing vehicles and the thoughtfully designed DB11 Volante should prove to build on that. With an MSRP of about $215,000, this is an Aston Martin that is reachable and that many won’t be afraid to drive daily. With that said, its stunning design will still turn heads while delivering the power and performance missing in other convertibles in its class.