Last summer, we got a look at the power, beauty, and soul of the stunning new Aston Martin DB11, in coupé form. Price tag: $254,084.
More recently, we checked out the drop-top version — the Aston Martin DB11 Volante. Price tag: $273,244.
OK, so this much power, and soul doesn’t come cheap. But then again, if you have James Bond aspirations, you’re talking about Tom Ford suits, good scotch, and the best Champagne. The lifestyle has some costs — but living well, as it’s been said, is the best revenge.
I’m a massive Aston Martin fan. The DB9 is one of my all-time favorite cars, and while the DB11 we sampled last year is burlier than its forebears, it continues the tradition of Astons being the stylish, thinking-person’s muscle car. That isn’t all show, either. Aston Martin competes in high-level endurance racing worldwide, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France (the race car is derived from the DB11’s stablemate, the Vantage).
But here’s the cool thing about Aston’s grand tourers: They’re fast, but they don’t need to be driven to the edge. You can thrum along at 40 mph and feel like the slickest, smoothest cat in town. Sure, you’ll want to dress the part. Astons are so suave that you can’t get away with jeans and a t-shirt. Believe me, I’ve tried. And failed.
Aston was kind enough to let us borrow the 2019 DB11 Volante for a few days in late spring, just as the convertible weather was arriving on the East Coast. Our coupé came with a stately Magnetic Silver paint job. The Volante’s was a slightly flashier “Pearl Blonde,” and the exquisite leather interior was two-tone “Blue Haze” and “Coral Sand.” So the Volante wasn’t exactly holding back.
Here’s how it all went down.
Photos by Hollis Johnson.