Aston Martin DB11 Volante Drops the Top in Time for Spring

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante

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This is the new Aston Martin DB11 Volante, a stunning convertible sibling for the DB11 coupe.

Performance is slightly affected as a result of the added weight; top speed with the roof up remains 187mph, which is the same as the V8 coupe, but 0-62mph is a tenth down over the coupe covering the benchmark sprint in 4.1 seconds. It's being offered with a Mercedes-sourced 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 503bhp and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Then there's the convertible's tailored fabric top that comes in bordeaux red, black silver, and grey silver. The convertible sports auto benefits from three-stage powertrain and chassis modes, working in flawless harmony with the eight-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring.

The folding fabric roof - which takes 14 seconds to lower - has been put through extensive testing, with Aston Martin engineers using special weather chambers to simulate 10 years of use within the space of a month. There are two small rear seats, but these will be best reserved for children or adults in an emergency. A neat touch is the new veneer panels on the seat backs. Features include heated steering wheel to encourage owners to keep the top down even when the temperature drops.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante is available from £159,900, which is roughly £15,000 more than an equivalent DB11 V8 coupe.

Aston Martin is known for doing personalisation rather well and if you hand the company's Q department enough money, you can indulge your imagination for as long as your cash will last.

Deliveries of the upcoming DB11 Volante, which has a sticker price of $216,000, are planned to start in the second quarter of 2018.

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