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Aston Martin's fast-expanding DB11 range has gained a new drop-top Volante version, powered exclusively by the AMG-sourced 4.
Standard equipment includes a torque-vectoring system and a limited-slip differential for improved grip and cornering, three driving modes and a retractable spoiler for better aerodynamics. A new addition to the DB11's bag of tricks is the use of wood veneer on the Volante's seat backs.
"The challenge of creating a convertible vehicle is retaining structural and dynamic integrity", said Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer.
"With the DB11 Volante we have maximised the advantages of the DB11's all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that's 26kg lighter and 5 per cent stiffer than its predecessor". Aston Martin also says that the new soft top design provides 20 percent more trunk space than the outgoing DB9.
Aston has stuck with a folding fabric roof for the Volante, which takes 14 seconds to fold - electrically, of course - and can go up or down at speeds up to 31mph - so plenty of opportunity for High Street posing.
Aston Martin CEO and president 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".
The Aston Martin DB11 Volante is available from £159,900, which is roughly £15,000 more than an equivalent DB11 V8 coupe. First deliveries are expected in spring 2018.
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