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Aston Martin DB11 Volante Drops the Top in Time for Spring

13 Октября, 2017, 17:27 | Author: Nadine Todd
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Aston Martin has unveiled the lovely 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante, which is going to arrive early next year, just in time for the flawless spring weather. Fitting the DB11 Volante with the heavier V12 wouldn't have been practical, since converting the coupe into a droptop will have already added extra weight.

Built on the same aluminum bonded structure, the Volante is created to be lighter and sportier than its somewhat plodding predecessor.

Like the coupe, the V8 unit sends 503 horsepower and 513 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic.

It naturally rides on the same all-new bonded aluminum structure underpinning the DB11 Coupe, making it lighter and more rigid than the model it replaces.

We were somewhat less than impressed with the Coupe's interior, which had too much plastic and too much Mercedes DNA. You can also have wood veneer or carbon-fibre finishes for the back of the front seats.

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

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According to Aston Martin's announcement this morning, the roof takes 14 seconds to lower and 16 seconds to close, and can be moved at speeds of up to 31 miles per hour with a 31 mph headwind.

As a convertible, there's some creature comforts such as a heated steering wheel and rear-seat ISOFIX attachments points to encourage drop-top driving. In addition, the new design results in a 20-percent gain in trunk space compared to the outgoing DB9 Volante.

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 says the new vehicle is 26kg lighter than the old DB9 Volante model, as well as five percent stiffer, to provide a better ride and handling experience. The eight layered roof protects you from the most extreme weather (it was tested in Death Valley and the Arctic Circle) and wind noise. Not that the British automaker has been keeping it a secret - Aston Martin showed off a prototype of the DB11 Volante over a year ago, with a launch date penned for spring 2018.

Deliveries of the Aston Martin DB11 Volante in the USA are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018 and will be priced from $220,385 including destination.

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