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This Is The Stunning New Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Aston Martin knows how to make a good-looking convertible, and the latest Volante is another hit. At the moment, though, there's no V12...

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Feast your eyes on the latest in a long line of soft-top Aston Martins to use the evocative name of Volante.

The DB11 Volante joins the DB11 coupe, replacing the old but lovely DB9 Volante. It’s built not around Aston’s 5.2-litre V12, but the new, lower-revving AMG-sourced 4.0-litre V8, with 503bhp at 6000rpm and 513lb ft at 2000-5000rpm. There’s no word yet on whether the V12 will be offered at all, or whether this model marks the beginning of the end for the glorious 12-pot. No sign of a hybrid, either.

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Performance from this one is, nonetheless, adequate. Top speed is 187mph, just like the V8 coupe’s, while the 4.1-second 0-62mph sprint time is just a tenth slower. Here’s a pub quiz detail for you: it idles at just 650rpm. You can fill its 78-litre fuel tank with 95 RON unleaded, which is nice, but a car like this will prefer super.

At the front of the 4.75-metre GT are massive 400mm two-piece ventilated steel discs gripped by six-piston calipers. The backs are also ventilated, but measure 360mm and are squeezed by four-pot calipers.

It does use the same bonded aluminium chassis as the coupe, bringing a 26kg weight reduction and a five per cent increase in body stiffness versus the DB9 Volante. Total weight with 100 per cent fuel and standard equipment is 1875kg.

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Standard equipment, since you asked, covers full high-grade leather upholstery, electric seats, 20-inch wheels, 360-degree surround-view cameras for parking, sat-nav, satellite radio in the US and, for the first time, Isofix child seat mounts on the back seats. Sensible consumer journalism, this.

Naturally there’s a healthy list of expensive options, including a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound stereo, coloured seatbelts, a heated steering wheel and something called the Dark Chrome Jewellery Pack. We’re sure that last one will be especially popular in Cheshire.

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The eight-layer acoustic fabric roof – because Volante owners want you to know it’s a Volante even with the roof closed – is a particular highlight. Folding down in a very brisk 14 seconds at up to 31mph, even with a 31mph headwind, it also raises and closes in 16 seconds. You can operate it remotely, from the key, if you’d like to be that guy who opens his soft-top’s roof as he struts up to it.

In testing, the roof is placed into special weather chambers that simulate extreme conditions and accelerate their effects, both to test its long-term water-tightness but also its ability to keep working at all temperatures it’s likely to face. It ran more than 100,000 opening and closing cycles in a simulated lifetime of 10 years. Real-world follow-up testing locations included Death Valley and the Arctic Circle.

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It isn’t cheap, starting at £159,900 in the UK, €199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in the USA. It’s £15,000 more expensive than the V8 coupe, and even a couple of grand pricier than the hard-top version with the V12. Interesting…