2024 Aston Martin DB12 Volante convertible unveiled, price announced

2024 Aston Martin DB12 Volante convertible unveiled, price announced
2024 Aston Martin DB12 Volante convertible unveiled, price announced

The soft-top version of the latest Aston Martin DB12 super coupe has debuted, with higher-output V8 power superseding the option of V12 propulsion.

The 2024 Aston Martin DB12 Volante has been unveiled, ahead of first Australian deliveries due early next year.

The Volante is the convertible version of the new DB12 coupe, the successor to the seven-year-old DB11 luxury sports coupe unveiled earlier this year.

It is powered by the same high-output 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine sourced from Mercedes-AMG – which becomes the sole choice, as the Aston Martin-designed V12 has been deleted from the range.

Australian showroom arrivals are due to commence in the first quarter of 2024 (January to March), priced from $492,000 plus on-road costs – up from $441,700 plus on-road costs for the DB11 Volante V8, and more than the DB12 coupe’s $455,000 plus on-road costs price.

While it wears a new name, the DB12 is largely a facelift of the old DB11 – with a refreshed exterior, stiffer chassis, all-new interior, and substantially more powerful V8 engine.

The Volante’s power-operated soft-top roof takes a claimed 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close, operations that can be completed at up to 50km/h “and into a 50km/h headwind”.

It is claimed to fold into a “class-leading” space 260mm high, include eight layers of sound insulation, and offer four fabric colours.

Aston Martin says the DB12 Volante is 3.7 per cent stiffer – thanks to an engine cross-brace and revised rear suspension mountings – plus 140 per cent stiffer front suspension mounts.

The British car maker does not specify what vehicle these measurements are compared to, however it is believed to be referencing the outgoing DB11 Volante. For comparison, the DB12 coupe is a claimed 7 per cent stiffer than the DB11 coupe.

Powering the DB12 Volante is the same 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 as the coupe, developing 500kW and 800Nm – up 107kW and 125Nm on the DB11 V8, and up 30kW/100Nm on the DB11 V12.

It is sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission revised for the new model – with a shorter final-drive ratio for improved acceleration – and an electronic limited-slip rear differential.

The 0-100km/h acceleration time is a claimed 3.7 seconds, about a tenth slower than the coupe, towards an identical top speed of 325km/h.

Other chassis changes highlighted by Aston Martin include new-generation adaptive dampers with a “500 per cent increase in bandwidth of force distribution”, a new non-isolated steering column, four stability control modes, and four regular drive modes.

The company says in its media release, “the main difference between DB12 Coupe and Volante are detail revisions to rear spring rate and a dedicated damper tune.”

Standard are 21-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport S5 tyres developed for the car.

Braking is covered by cast-iron 400mm front and 360mm rear discs as standard. Carbon-ceramic discs can be fitted as an option, reducing 27kg of unsprung mass, as well as brake fade on the race track.

Visual differences between the DB12 coupe and Volante are limited to the roof, and the sheetmetal covering the soft-top roof when it is stowed.

Inside, the Volante follows the coupe in ditching the DB11’s Mercedes-sourced ageing infotainment system and rotary controller for a more modern Aston Martin-designed interface.

The touchscreen measures 10.25 inches and includes wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, internet connectivity, satellite navigation, over-the-air downloadable software updates, and support for an Aston Martin smartphone app with remote services.

Physical switches remain for the gear selector, drive modes, air conditioning and volume, as well as the suspension, stability control and exhaust modes, and overrides for the lane-keep assist and parking sensors.

The Volante is distinguished from the coupe with wood veneer or carbon-fibre panels on the seatbacks matched to the door trim inlay.

Standard is an 11-speaker, 390-watt Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system, while a 15-speaker, 1170-watt version is optional.

The 2024 Aston Martin DB12 Volante is due to make its public debut at the Pebble Beach car show during Monterey Car Week in California later this week, ahead of the start of production due by the end of September, and first deliveries overseas by the end of this year.

Australian arrivals are due to commence early next year.

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