Aston Martin DB11 Volante goes on sale | New Release

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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.

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.

The overall design and styling of the convertible mimics the coupe, except for the fabric roof of course.

So when Aston Martin dropped the top of its super-svelte DB11 coupé, everybody expected the latest recipient of the Volante badge would be simply drop-dead gorgeous.

Like its coupe counterpart, the DB11 Volante features a single-piece aluminum hood.

The eight-layer convertible fabric roof is available in red, dark silver or grey silver. The combination of acoustic and insulation materials takes 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close, and can be used at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour with a 31 miles per hour headwind. The soft top can be lowered in 14 seconds or raised in 16 seconds at speeds up to 31 miles per hour.

DB11 Volante development prototypes were put on test in locations including Death Valley and the Arctic Circle.

The Volante can hit 62mph in just 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 187mph. Top speed is 187 miles per hour. In addition, the new design results in a 20-percent gain in trunk space compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.

Max Szwaj, Aston's chief technical officer, added: "With the DB11 Volante we have maximised the advantages of the DB11's all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that's 26kg lighter and five per cent stiffer than its predecessor [the DB9 Volante]".

Aston Martin has lifted the lid off its handsome DB11 (last year's 'Design of the Year' victor at the T3 Awards) and, as a result, created the most attractive auto we've ever seen. "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", Aston Martin CEO, Dr Andy Palmer.

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