Aston Martin shows off new DB11 Volante convertible GT auto

Colours other than beige available. Hopefully

Colours other than beige available. Hopefully

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 new convertible joins the DB11 Coupe which was launched, and is built around the same all-new bonded aluminium structure. The convertible sports auto benefits from three-stage powertrain and chassis modes, working in ideal harmony with the eight-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, and limited-slip differential with dynamic torque vectoring. Plenty of details were kept under wraps but now the elegant convertible has been revealed in full - and it doesn't disappoint, combining the alluring looks of its coupe sibling with a fabric soft top for open-air cruising. It generates 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft. of torque. But overall it's a svelte transition from coupe to convertible with, as expected, handsome attention to detail.

Then there's the convertible's tailored fabric top that comes in bordeaux red, black silver, and grey silver. Other options include a tracker system, a self-parking feature, blind-spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel and two premium stereos - one by Aston and one by Bang & Olufsen.

"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".

According to Aston Martin's announcement this morning, the roof takes 14 seconds to lower and 16 seconds to close, and can be moved at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour with a 31 mph headwind. In addition, the new design results in a 20-percent gain in trunk space compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante. The convertible roof also features acoustic and insulation materials and new eight-layer cossets to protect occupants from extreme weather and drown out wind noise.

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

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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