Aston Martin DB11 Volante 2018 - Sleek new Convertible sports GT REVEALED

Aston Martin DB11 Volante 2018 - Sleek new Convertible sports GT REVEALED

The DB11 Volante replaces the DB9 Volante and will initially be powered by a 4.0L twin turbocharged V8 that's borrowed from Mercedes-AMG. It's good for 510hp and thanks to a three-phase approach to delivering that power, plus three very different driving mode setups and an eight-speed paddle-operated automatic transmission, not to mention the limited slip differential with torque vectoring, Aston insists it offers a greater breadth and depth of performance than any Aston yet to carry the Volante badge. 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.

An unlikely feature has been added to the DB11 in the form of rear seat ISOFIX attachment points to fit a auto seat in the rear, something i'm sure won't be used too heavily.

On sale in early 2018, the DB11 Volante costs from £159,900, around £15k more than the V8 Coupe. A neat touch is the new veneer panels on the seat backs.

A new bonded aluminum structure, which debuted in the DB11 Coupe.

The all-new 8-layer hood is created to insulate the occupants from the extremes of weather and wind noise, taking just 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close. The new hood design also results in a 20% larger boot capacity than the outgoing DB9 Volante. The auto was also taken out to harsh real-world environments in Death Valley and the Arctic Circle for testing.

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 lovely vehicle we've ever seen.

Aston Martin President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer said, "For many of our customers, indeed many generations of Aston Martin customer, the Volante has always offered something very special: a unique combination of elegant style, innate sporting ability and sensory engagement that lifts it above other open-top cars".

Pricing for the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante starts at $216,495.

The new model is created to be lighter and sportier than its predecessor while still adding interior space and comforts that a well-heeled Aston Martin owner may expect.