This Is The Breathtakingly Beautiful, V8-Powered Aston Martin DB11 Volante

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The convertible DB11 variant joins the existing coupe model that launched past year, powered by a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 503 horsepower.

Called the DB11 Volante, the new soft-top Aston is powered by a 4.0-litre Mercedes-AMG-sourced V8 engine that develops 503bhp.

The Volante has the coupe's 4-litre twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, which produces 503bhp and propels the auto to 62mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds. The trade-off for such a sleek top-down profile is perhaps less of the coupe's contemporary design character - there's no equivalent of the floating roof arches here. The convertible's tailored fabric top will be delivered in bordeaux red, black silver, and grey silver (colors, as always, are Aston Martin's strong suit). Torque is 513lb ft and the vehicle produces 255g/km CO2.

Aston has stuck with a folding fabric roof for the Volante, which takes 14 seconds to fold - electrically, of course - and can go up or down at speeds up to 31mph - so plenty of opportunity for High Street posing.

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. Fitting the DB11 Volante with the heavier V12 wouldn't have been practical, since converting the coupe into a droptop will have already added extra weight.

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Click below to watch Aston Martin's official video of the new vehicle, or scroll down to see the full gallery of the V8-powered drop-top. The new hood design also results in a 20% larger boot capacity than the outgoing DB9 Volante.

Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, adds: "The challenge of creating a convertible vehicle is retaining structural and dynamic integrity". The vehicle was also taken out to harsh real-world environments in Death Valley and the Arctic Circle for testing.

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

"With the DB11 Volante we have maximized the advantages of the DB11's all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that's 26kg lighter and 5% stiffer than its predecessor [the DB9 Volante]".

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