Aston Martin DB11 Volante unveiled

Aston Martin is rapidly expanding DB11-area has gained, a new drop-top Volante version, powered exclusively by the AMG-Source-4.0-Liter-Turbo V8 engine.

Aston says the new car is its sportiest open-top model. It has chosen to start with the lighter V8 engine instead of a V12, to ensure the handling is as sharp as possible. It is assumed that a V12 version is currently not in the product plan, but it would probably be more on this later in the car life.

The V8 engine in the 2+2 DB11 Volante produces the same 503bhp at 6000rpm and 513lb ft at 2000-5000rpm in the DB11-V8 coupe. It is associated with an eight-speed automatic transmission and drives the rear wheels.

With a kerb weight of 1870kg, the DB11 Volante 110kg weighs more than the V8-coupe, on which it is based. Aston says the DB11 Volante is some 26kg lighter and 5% stiffer than the V12-powered DB9 Volante predecessor. The weight distribution is supposedly 47% front and 53% rear.

The roof and its mechanism are in a new design for Aston.

The folding roof is made up of eight layers and can be reduced in 14sec, and raised again for duration of 16 seconds. It can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph indicated in red, black, silver or grey silver.

The biggest design difference between the coupe and the Volante — with the exception of the soft-top is seen in the absence of aeroblades on the fixed-roof model. On the coupe, these sit at the base of the C-pillars (the Volante), and channel air over the rear end. On the Volante, the rear deck is new and the General appearance, the roof is up or down, is more fixed and completed, than that of the DB9 Volante.

The DB11 Volante is on sale now, price from £159,900 — an increase of £15,000 on a V8-DB11-coupe. First deliveries will take place in the first quarter of next year.

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