It’s not uncommon for a new car to suspend productivity in the Petrol News office and that’s exactly what happened when shots of the new Aston Martin DB11 Volante came through this week.
The DB11 was already a jawdropping car in its fixed roof coupe form, and the drop-top Volante version takes it one step further by taking the roof down.
Aside from the retractable roof, the DB11 Volante is essentially the same as the coupe model. It is powered by the same four-litre twin-turbo 503bhp V8 engine that can whisk it up to 62mph in 4.1 seconds with a top speed of 187mph.
Put that kind of acceleration to the test with the roof down and you’re sure to lose your wig!
The electronically-operated eight-layer roof can be opened and closed at speeds up to 31mph in less than 16 seconds, so there’s no need to pull over if the weather turns a bit grim.
Aston Martin say the DB11 Volante is lighter and more rigid than the model it replaces, and has been engineered to deliver greater levels of performance and sharper handling to accentuate the more sporting side of its character.
Refinement, comfort and interior space have also been improved to make the DB11 Volante the most consummate grand tourer possible.
Aston Martin president Dr Andy Palmer said the DB11 Volante is renowned for offering a unique combination of elegant style, innate sporting ability and sensory engagement that lifts it above other open-top cars.
“The new DB11 Volante captures those qualities perfectly and promises the kind of pleasure and enjoyment that can only come from driving an open-top Aston Martin,” he added.
Available to order now, prices start from £159,000 and initial customers should receive their car just in time for spring 2018.
Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “Aston Martin reckon this is their most elegant convertible yet and it’s difficult to argue.”
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