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Aston Martin shows off new DB11 Volante convertible GT auto

14 October 2017
Aston Martin shows off new DB11 Volante convertible GT auto

"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". The steering wheel is heated and the fabric roof-made up of eight insulating layers-has been tested to destruction, first in weather chambers and then in Death Valley and around the Arctic Circle. If you're in the latter camp - or simply crave the wind-in-your-hair feeling - Aston has unveiled the convertible DB11 Volante. 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.

A convertible version of Aston's big GT was pretty much a given, and the "Volante" name isn't much of a surprise, either; the automaker has been applying it to its convertible cars since 1965.

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. 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.

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. And its performance is great too-Aston quotes a 4.1-second 0-62 miles per hour time, and it'll hit 187 miles per hour flat out.

The convertible top is an eight-layer fabric deal that drops in 14 and raises in 16 at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. For reference, the coupe is one tenth quicker to 62 and has the same electronically limited top speed. "The challenge of creating a convertible auto is retaining structural and dynamic integrity", Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer Max Szwaj explains. It's around 57 pounds lighter than its predecessor, the DB9 Volante, and boasts 20 percent more cargo room with the updated hood system. "One that combines greater performance and agility with increased comfort, refinement and interior space for occupants and their luggage". The first deliveries will begin during the first quarter of 2018. From what we can see, Aston Martin has another stunner in its growing line-up.