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Aston Martin DB11 Volante unveiled

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2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Enter, then, the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante, dubbed "the ultimate convertible sports GT" and, at first glance at least, only with a little hyperbole. Introducing the Aston Martin DB11 Volante, where "beauty is a world above", according to the company. For the record, that's a good deal more than the $198,995 V8 coupe and the V12-powered DB11, which starts at $211,995.

"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", said Aston Martin president and CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer. Drivers can control the hood remotely via the key, and can operate it at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour.

As it stands, the V8 will be the only engine available to Volante buyers though, and although the lack of cylinders might detract from the sense of occasion from previous V12-engined Volantes, the performance of the twin-turbo engine is certainly not lacking.

Just as we hoped, the sleek styling makes the DB11 Volante one of the sexiest convertibles we've laid our eyes on in a long time. Being based on the coupe's aluminum platform, the DB11 Volante is lighter and more rigid than the outgoing DB9 Volante, and also benefits from a 20 percent gain in trunk volume. It produces 503 hp and 513 lb-ft.

The 0-100mph dash gets out of the way in 8.8 seconds and the vehicle will go on to a top speed of 187mph. Top speed is 187 miles per hour.

"The challenge of creating a convertible auto is retaining structural and dynamic integrity", said Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer. The eight layered roof protects you from the most extreme weather (it was tested in Death Valley and the Arctic Circle) and wind noise.

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]". From what we can see, Aston Martin has another stunner in its growing line-up.

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