New Aston Martin DB12 Volante convertible spied on the road
The drop-top Volante variant will return on new Aston Martin DB12 model
Aston Martin's new range-topping DB12 will get a Volante version and we've caught the convertible grand tourer testing already.
Despite the camouflage, we can see there's clear design shared with the new DB12 coupe. As with previous Aston Martin Volante models, changes to the body work compared to the coupe will be minimal, with the only visible alteration being the fabric roof.
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If the DB12 coupe is anything to go by, the Volante will feature the traditional proportions of the Gaydon firm’s flagship car, with a long, loping bonnet, aggressive rear haunches and, of course, the iconic grille shape.
Several design characteristics of the DB11 will be carried over, such as the air vents flowing out of the front wheel arch. Flushing-fitting door handles will also be used and we can expect a twin-exit exhaust system to the rear.
An interior shot of the DB12 has been released by Aston Martin so we’ve seen a multi-screen setup mixed with a few physical controls for the more frequently used functions. We should really see an identical dash to the coupe here, with a bespoke Aston Martin set up and a 10.25-inch infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
The DB12 coupe was launched with a reworked version of a Mercedes-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine. We don't expect any changes with the powertrain in the Volante, which means 671bhp and 800Nm – the drop-top might not be able to match the coupe's 0-60mph time of 3.5 seconds and 202mph top speed. There's no word yet on if the 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 from the DB11 wil be carried over.
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