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Convertible variant of DB11 to launch as V8 only, priced from £159,900

Aston Martin’s fast-expanding Aston Martin DB11 range has gained a new drop-top Volante version, powered exclusively by the AMG-sourced 4.0-litre turbocharged V8 engine.

Aston says the new car is its sportiest open-top model yet. It has chosen to launch with the lighter V8 engine rather than a V12 to ensure handling is as keen as possible. It is understood that a V12 version is not currently in the product plan, but it would be a likely addition later in the car’s life.

The V8 unit in the 2+2 DB11 Volante produces the same 503bhp at 6000rpm and 513lb ft at 2000-5000rpm as in the DB11 V8 coupeÃ. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and drives the rear wheels.

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With a kerb weight of 1870kg, the DB11 Volante weighs 110kg more than the V8 coupeà on which it is based. Aston says the DB11 Volante is some 26kg lighter and 5% stiffer than its V12-powered DB9 Volante predecessor. The weight distribution is claimed to be 47% front and 53% rear.

The roof and its mechanism are a new design for Aston.

The folding soft-top consists of eight layers and can be lowered in 14sec and raised again in 16sec. It can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph and specified in red, black silver or grey silver.

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The biggest design difference between the coupeà and Volante — aside from the soft-top — is the absence of the aeroblades seen on the fixed-roof model. On the coupeÃ, these sit at the base of the C-pillars (which have taken out of the Volante) and channel air over the rear end. On the Volante, the rear deck is new and the overall look, roof up or down, is more resolved and complete than that of the DB9 Volante.

The DB11 Volante is on sale now, priced from £159,900  an increase of £15,000 over a V8-powered DB11 coupeÃ. Initial deliveries take place in the first quarter of next year.

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Mark Tisshaw

Title: Editor

Mark is a journalist with more than a decade of top-level experience in the automotive industry. He first joined Autocar in 2009, having previously worked in local newspapers. He has held several roles at Autocar, including news editor, deputy editor, digital editor and his current position of editor, one he has held since 2017.

From this position he oversees all of Autocar’s content across the print magazine, website, social media, video, and podcast channels, as well as our recent launch, Autocar Business. Mark regularly interviews the very top global executives in the automotive industry, telling their stories and holding them to account, meeting them at shows and events around the world.

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TheSaintmobile 20 October 2017

It great Aston Martin

It great Aston Martin convertible Volante with 4 seater with V8 engine I buy that.

Mikey C 16 October 2017

I guess the proof of the

I guess the proof of the pudding, certainly for the fixed head, will be which engine is preferred by the customers? There may be a different split between markets, with some markets more resistant to a bought in engine than others, plus the effect of local tax laws in countries like China

5wheels 15 October 2017


from the snow flake alloys to the most perfect soft top shape this is probably the most perfect shape/design not just from AM but from any producer. It is unfortunately a dream I will never achieve (on pension I have I cant afford a Smart!), but as a serious car enthusiast this is the ultimate machine