Aston Martin DB11 Volante Drops the Top in Time for Spring

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If you're anxious about the lifespan of a cloth roof, don't worry, because Aston Martin put the DB11 Volante through some extreme weather testing.

After Aston Martin launched the acclaimed DB11 grand-tourer a year ago, it was only a matter of time before a convertible Volante variant arrived. 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 Volante takes the roof out of the equation, giving the DB11 a significant different, and in many ways more elegant appearance. Unlike the coupe, which launched with a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12, the Aston Martin DB11 Volante is only available with the recently introduced 4.0-liter twin turbo V8 sourced by Mercedes-AMG. USA curb weight is a stated 4,134 pounds, up a not-insubstantial 250 pounds or so over the coupe, but it's only 0.1 second slower to 62 miles per hour at 4.1 seconds.

The stunning drop-top was put through more than 100,000 test cycles in special weather chambers created to simulate the conditions of the harshest environments in the world.

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante makes 503 hp and 513 lb-ft of torque, producing the same hp but more torque than the coupe's V-8. It needs 14 seconds to open and 16 to close at speeds of 31mph (50 km/h) "with a 31mph (50 km/h) headwind".

Inside the DB11 Volante features a new wood or carbon fibre veneer panels on the seat backs, and creature comforts such as a heated steering wheel to encourage all-season open-air motoring. The new hood design also results in a 20% larger boot capacity than the outgoing DB9 Volante.

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

Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, Max Szwaj, claims that due to the DB11's new bonded structure the new Volante is 26kg lighter and five per cent stiffer than its V12-engined DB9 predecessor. An Aston Martin spokesperson confirmed that the company doesn't now have any plans to offer the DB11 Volante with the 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 available in the coupe. From what we can see, Aston Martin has another stunner in its growing line-up.

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