Aston Martin DB11 Volante unveiled

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

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Fitting the DB11 Volante with the heavier V12 wouldn't have been practical, since converting the coupe into a droptop will have already added extra weight.

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

Inside, you get all the fine trappings of the DB11 coupe, plus interestingly, optional wood backing on the seats. It's lighter and more rigid than the previous model thanks to its aluminium structure borrowed from the coupe, while also featuring cleverer technology inside and out. Compared to the DB9 Volante, it's more than 57 pounds lighter and 5-percent stiffer. The convertible's tailored fabric top will be delivered in bordeaux red, black silver, and grey silver (colors, as always, are Aston Martin's strong suit). While weighing less and being easier to package, a total of eight fabric layers are said to insulate the cabin from excessive road noise. The combination of acoustic and insulation materials takes 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close, and can be used at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour with a 31 miles per hour headwind. It needs 14 seconds to open and 16 to close at speeds of 31mph (50 km/h) "with a 31mph (50 km/h) headwind".

The Volante has the coupe's 4-litre twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, which produces 503bhp and propels the auto to 62mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds.

Powered by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo 503bhp V8, the DB11 Volante boasts an 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring. It's bigger than the outgoing DB9 Volante in every respect from luggage space to rear seat legroom-this is the first Volante to come with ISOFIX child seat attachment points as standard.

One of the most striking (and polarizing) design features of the Aston Martin DB11 is its so-called floating roof - that odd C-pillar treatment that some love and some love to hate.

We could go on describing the DB11 Volante at length, but we'll leave the description to Andy Palmer, Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, and invite you to discover the new model in full glorious action in a video from the luxury automaker.

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