Aston Martin DB11 Volante Drops the Top in Time for Spring

Aston Martin DB11 Volante Drops the Top in Time for Spring

It takes just 14 seconds to lower and 16 seconds to close, and can be operated remotely from the key or on the move at speeds of up to 31mph.

With prices starting at £159,900, the DB11 Volante is a hefty £15,000 more expensive than the DB11 V8 coupe. It naturally rides on the same all-new bonded aluminum structure underpinning the DB11 Coupe, making it lighter and more rigid than the model it replaces.

After Aston Martin launched the acclaimed DB11 grand-tourer previous year, it was only a matter of time before a convertible Volante variant arrived. If you're anxious that the soft top roof won't be as strong as a metal one, Aston Martin went to extreme lengths to test the rigidity of the DB11 Volante's roof mechanism. That's made the vehicle lighter than its predecessor, but also more rigid: particularly important, when you're dealing with a droptop. Drivers can control the hood remotely via the key, and can operate it at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour.

Ever since the name was introduced in 1965 to identify the convertible variants of existing Aston Martin models, Volante has defined the most elegant aspect of British open-top motoring, far more so than the luxurious but monolithic charabancs of messrs Rolls, Royce, Bentley et al.

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.

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The stunning drop-top was put through more than 100,000 test cycles in special weather chambers created to simulate the conditions of the harshest environments in the world.

The new hood system has also led to a 20 per cent gain in boot volume compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante. Torque is 513lb ft and the auto produces 255g/km CO2.

The Volante's three-stage powertrain and chassis modes work in harmony with an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, electric power steering and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring. This setup allows the convertible to sprint from 0-62 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds before topping out at 187 miles per hour, making it only a tenth of a second slower off the line than the V8-powered coupe. Top speed is 187 miles per hour.

Say hello to the latest evolution of Aston Martin's iconic convertible sports GT.

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