Dubbed the DB12 Volante, this convertible model is set to commence deliveries later this year, likely labeled as a 2024 model. The official debut is scheduled for this week during the 2023 Monterey Car Week in California.
While exact pricing details have not been disclosed, as a reference point, the coupe’s base price starts at around $250,000, and it’s safe to assume that the convertible will come with a premium price tag.
Aston Martin has maintained a familiar design approach, with the roof being a retractable soft-top that stands just over 10 inches when folded, allowing the car’s rear to remain sleek without compromising trunk space.
Comprising eight layers infused with soundproof and insulation materials, the roof guarantees noise isolation and weather protection. The roof opens in 14 seconds and closes in 16 seconds. Both actions can be performed while the car is in motion, at speeds of up to 31 mph.
While the standard roof color is black, buyers will have the option to choose alternative colors such as red or blue. Another choice will combine black and silver hues.
The DB12 inherits much of its bonded aluminum structure from the DB11, albeit with enhancements to accommodate the increased performance of the new model. The DB12 Volante goes a step further to accommodate the convertible design, incorporating underbody adjustments like a new engine cross brace and modified suspension mounts. This effort results in an almost 5% improvement in torsional stiffness compared to the previous DB11 Volante.
The convertible version’s suspension system is specifically tuned for the DB12. Notably, adjustments are made to the spring rate and damper tuning at the rear of the vehicle. The standard 21-inch forged alloy wheels come fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport S 5 tires. While the base brakes utilize iron rotors, there is an option for carbon-ceramic rotors, which enhance braking efficiency and reduce unsprung weight by nearly 60 pounds in total.
Powering the 2024 Aston Martin DB12 Volante is the same Mercedes-Benz AMG-derived V-8 engine featured in the DB12. This twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter powerplant generates 671 horsepower. It’s coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission mounted at the rear, sending power to the rear wheels through an electronic limited-slip differential.
Aston Martin asserts that DB12 Volante owners can anticipate accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of 202 mph—matching the coupe’s performance metrics.
Although not ruling out a potential V-12 engine, Aston Martin hints that this might be reserved for a more high-performance iteration of the DB12 or even a separate model, such as a planned successor to the DBS.
Inside the cabin, buyers will encounter the same advanced dashboard layout found in the coupe. This includes digital displays for both the instrument cluster and infotainment system, along with ample physical controls for frequently used functions. Aston Martin’s in-house designed infotainment system fully supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as over-the-air updates. The standard sound system comprises 11 speakers with surround sound capabilities, while an optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins setup is available.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Convertible Performance
What is the 2024 Aston Martin DB12 Volante?
The 2024 Aston Martin DB12 Volante is a convertible version of the DB12 grand tourer, succeeding the DB11.
When will the DB12 Volante be available for delivery?
The DB12 Volante is expected to start deliveries late this year, likely as a 2024 model.
What is the starting price of the DB12 Volante?
The pricing details have not been disclosed, but as a reference, the coupe version starts around $250,000. The convertible will likely have a premium price.
What is unique about the DB12 Volante’s roof?
The DB12 Volante features an automated folding soft-top roof that stands just over 10 inches when folded, allowing for a sleek rear design without compromising trunk space.
What is the performance of the DB12 Volante’s engine?
Powering the DB12 Volante is a Mercedes-Benz AMG-sourced V-8 engine with twin-turbochargers, producing 671 horsepower. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 202 mph.
Is there a convertible-specific suspension for the DB12 Volante?
Yes, the suspension of the DB12 Volante is tuned specifically for the convertible version, including adjustments to the spring rate and damper tuning at the rear of the vehicle.
What technology is inside the DB12 Volante’s cabin?
The DB12 Volante’s cabin features a high-tech dashboard layout with digital displays for the instrument cluster and infotainment system. The infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and over-the-air updates.
Can I customize the color of the convertible roof?
Yes, while black is the standard color for the roof, buyers can choose from alternative colors like red or blue, with an option for a black and silver combination.
Is a more powerful engine option available for the DB12 Volante?
While the DB12 Volante currently features a V-8 engine, Aston Martin hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a more powerful engine, potentially a V-12, in the future.
What are the available audio options in the DB12 Volante?
The standard sound system includes 11 speakers with surround sound technology. An optional 15-speaker Bowers & Wilkins setup is also available for enhanced audio quality.
More about Convertible Performance
- Aston Martin Official Website
- 2024 Aston Martin DB12 Volante Overview
- Mercedes-AMG V-8 Engine
- Monterey Car Week
- Bowers & Wilkins Audio Systems