Sublime New Aston Martin DB11 Volante Unveiled

Sublime New Aston Martin DB11 Volante Unveiled

Sublime New Aston Martin DB11 Volante Unveiled

"The new DB11 Volante captures those qualities perfectly and promises the kind of pleasure and enjoyment that can only come from driving an open-top Aston Martin", Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer.

The defining feature of the DB11 Volante is its roof.

After Aston Martin launched the acclaimed DB11 grand-tourer past year, it was only a matter of time before a convertible Volante variant arrived.

If you're anxious about the lifespan of a cloth roof, don't worry, because Aston Martin put the DB11 Volante through some extreme weather testing. 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.

Purists could be shocked to discover that this drop-top is propelled forward by a V8 rather than a velvety smooth V12, but the eight-cylinder 4-liter twin-turbocharged block in question comes courtesy of Mercedes-AMG. The soft top can be lowered in 14 seconds or raised in 16 seconds at speeds up to 31 miles per hour.

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Like the coupe, the V8 unit sends 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic.

The Volante can hit 62mph in just 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 187mph. For reference, the coupe is one tenth quicker to 62 and has the same electronically limited top speed. It's also more compact when it's folded, and takes up 20 percent less space in the boot when it's down.

"The challenge of creating a convertible auto is retaining structural and dynamic integrity", said Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer.

Aston Martin says the new auto is 26kg lighter than the old DB9 Volante model, as well as five percent stiffer, to provide a better ride and handling experience. "To protect the former you need strength and rigidity, but to preserve the latter you need to keep weight to a minimum".

Max Szwaj, Aston's chief technical officer, added: "With the DB11 Volante we have maximised the advantages of the DB11's all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that's 26kg lighter and five per cent stiffer than its predecessor [the DB9 Volante]".

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