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14 October 2017, 12:23 | Patty Hardy
The dream being lived
The Aston Martin DB11 Volante is a drop-top with a V8 leaning instead of a V12.LONDON, Oct 13 -Aston Martin has cut the roof off the DB11 and chopped four cylinders off its engine to create the all-new DB11 Volante, a convertible that it claims has the potential to redefine the open-top sports GT vehicle market. 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.
Like its coupe counterpart, the DB11 Volante features a single-piece aluminum hood. That means a weight of 1870kg, which is around 110kg more than the V8 coupe.
The Volante has the coupe's 4-litre twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, which produces 503bhp and propels the vehicle to 62mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds. This setup allows the convertible to sprint from 0-62 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds before topping out at 187 miles per hour, making it only a tenth of a second slower off the line than the V8-powered coupe. For reference, the coupe is one tenth quicker to 62 and has the same electronically limited top speed.
Though Aston has promised us that the manual transmission is not dead in its lineup, this vehicle only offers an eight-speed auto. The auto was also taken out to harsh real-world environments in Death Valley and the Arctic Circle for testing.
The convertible top is an eight-layer fabric deal that drops in 14 and raises in 16 at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour. The DB11 Volante also offers 20 percent more trunk space than its DB9 predecessor thanks to its new design. Its lines are stronger yet more elegant because they're not being visually disrupted by a roof, while very smart touches of craftsmanship such as the wooden veneer that adorns the seat backs and which is plain for all to see each time the fabric roof is down add a subtle touch of class. There are two small rear seats, but these will be best reserved for children or adults in an emergency.
One of the most striking (and polarizing) design features of the Aston Martin DB11 is its so-called floating roof - that odd C-pillar treatment that some love and some love to hate. The results? The DB11 Volante passed with flying colors. Which would you have?
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