Aston Martin Debuts DB12 VolanteAugust 15, 2023
We recently had a chance to drive the all-new Aston Martin DB12, a self-described “super tourer” that rightfully impressed us with its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and exciting driving dynamics. Well, AM is back at it already with a companion car to the DB12: The Volante, an open-top variant of the super tourer.
As we’ve suggested, the Volante still incorporates what may be the best part of the DB12– that’s the twin-turbo V8, putting down 671 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The Volante is expected to complete 0-60 mph sprints in 3.6 seconds, reaching a top speed of 202 mph (roof up) if you’ve got enough track to do so on. That power is still mitigated by a ZF 8-speed automatic. The whole thing still rides on adaptive dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires. This is all to say that the performance pledges made by the DB12 coupe are still very much met.
The convertible was made in conjunction with the coupe, so other key ingredients, like the rigid aluminum structure, are present as well. In order to retain as much rigidity as possible, Aston Martin engineers bolstered various bits of the Volante’s underbody. This means upgraded suspension mounting points and an engine cross brace, among other engineering magic which raise torsional stiffness by almost 5-percent.
But the key component here, of course, is the ‘K-fold’ roof. It’s a two-stage procedure, taking a total of 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close, and operational at speeds of up to 31 mph. It can also be opened with the key fob, should you so choose.
No official word on pricing just yet, but considering the 2024 Aston Martin DB12 starts around $250,000, we suspect the Volante will fetch a little more once it’s available later this year.