Aston Martin's New Luxury Convertible Has a Sporty Side

2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

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Aston Martin has unveiled the lovely 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante, which is going to arrive early next year, just in time for the ideal spring weather. More usable rear seats, for the first time with ISOFIX points for child seats, more room, more comfort and more refinement, plus the quality and electronics re-invention ushered in by the DB11, are all evident here.

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 V8's power finds its way to the rear wheels by way of an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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

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. In addition, the new design results in a 20-percent gain in trunk space compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.

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Prices for the Volante start at £159,900 in the United Kingdom, €199,000 in Europe and $216,495 in the US.

The fabric hood is an eight-layer job available in red, black-silver or grey-silver. It takes just 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close, and can be operated remotely from the key or at speeds up to 31 miles per hour.

Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the DB11 Volante: "For many of our customers, indeed many generations of Aston Martin customer, the Volante has always offered something very special: a unique combination of elegant style, innate sporting ability and sensory engagement that lifts it above other open-top cars". The first deliveries will begin during the first quarter of 2018.

Click below to watch Aston Martin's official video of the new auto, or scroll down to see the full gallery of the V8-powered drop-top.

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