Aston Martin has whipped the wraps (and the roof!) off the DB12, revealing the Volante version of its “super tourer”.

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“For many of our customers, roof-down driving is the greatest pleasure. Aston Martin Volantes have captured that emotion and expressed it in unique style for more than six decades,” said Aston Martin CEO Amedeo Felisa.

“A rare and true sporting convertible in every respect, this is a car to challenge preconceptions”

“With the new DB12 Volante we have changed the rules, creating a car that intensifies those feelings by preserving all the purity and exceptional sporting capabilities of the DB12 Coupé. A rare and true sporting convertible in every respect, this is a car to challenge preconceptions and find a new generation of Volante customer”.

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Sited below the DB12 Volante’s elongated bonnet, the (AMG-sourced) 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 provides “best-in-class potency”, the British luxury marque says. The hand-built petrol unit, coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission, produces 500 kW and 800 Nm of torque — available from 6 000 r/min and 2 750 r/min, respectively — for a claimed 0-100 km/h sprint time of 3.7 seconds, only 0.1 seconds less than its fixed-roof, rear-wheel-drive stablemate. Like the latter, 1 788 kg coupé, the (1 796 kg, dry) Volante has a top speed of 325 km/h. The electrically operated ‘K-fold’ fabric roof takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close at speeds of “up to” 50 km/h.

As standard, stopping power is provided by a steel braking system, comprising front 400 mm discs and six-piston callipers, and rear 360 mm discs and four-piston callipers. Carbon ceramic items are available as an option. The brakes are housed in 21-inch forged alloy wheels, wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 5 S tyres, made to Aston Martin’s precise requirements. Indeed, the rubber has a bespoke compound for the DB12.