Aston Martin's DB11 V8 now available as a convertible

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It's styling exudes sheer elegance and luxury and being a drop-top it has a sporting character.

The DB11 Volante has been officially unveiled and it will be offered with V8 power only.

All these elements are said to improve the performance and handling of the vehicle in a multitude of weather conditions. Regardless, the Volante will have options of wood or carbon fiber veneer panels on the seat backs, among other touches.

Buyers will be able to choose from three soft top colors: bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver.

"The challenge of creating a convertible vehicle is retaining structural and dynamic integrity", said Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer.

The DB11 Volante isn't merely a summer plaything, Aston Martin has fitted a heated steering wheel for colder days of open motoring, and the rear seats even feature Isofix points for fitting child seats.

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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. With Aston Martin on the trunk lid, you knew the vehicle wasn't going to be cheap.

It's been eighteen months since the Aston Martin DB11 was revealed as Aston's much needed replacement for the aging DB9, but AML has finally got round to chopping its roof off.

"To protect the former you need strength and rigidity, but to preserve the latter you need to keep weight to a minimum".

"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 26 kg (57 pounds) lighter and 5 percent stiffer than its predecessor", stated Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer.

Aston Martin has lifted the lid off its attractive DB11 (last year's 'Design of the Year' victor at the T3 Awards) and, as a result, created the most handsome auto we've ever seen. "One that combines greater performance and agility with increased comfort, refinement and interior space for occupants and their luggage".

With a sticker price of $216,000, United States buyers should expect to see the Volante in showrooms in early to mid 2018.

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