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Aston Martin debuts DB11 drop top

Aston Martin debuts DB11 drop top

What Gaydon also tells us is that the DB11 Volante features three-stage powertrain and chassis modes that team up with an eight-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

One of the most striking (and polarizing) design features of the Aston Martin DB11 is its so-called floating roof - that odd C-pillar treatment that some love and some love to hate. Plenty of details were kept under wraps but now the elegant convertible has been revealed in full - and it doesn't disappoint, combining the alluring looks of its coupe sibling with a fabric soft top for open-air cruising. If you're in the latter camp - or simply crave the wind-in-your-hair feeling - Aston has unveiled the convertible DB11 Volante.

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.

Like its coupe counterpart, the DB11 Volante features a single-piece aluminum hood. And its performance is great too-Aston quotes a 4.1-second 0-62 miles per hour time, and it'll hit 187 miles per hour flat out. It can be operated both from inside the cabin and remotely, from the key fob, and the automaker says that its new folding mechanism makes for a 20-percent larger trunk than the old DB9 Volante this auto replaces.

The convertible was subjected to more than 100,000 cycles of extreme weather simulating the world's harshest environments, compressing 10-years' worth of use into a one-month test. Top speed is 187 miles per hour.

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Also helping to boost versatility, the DB11 Volante comes with ISOFIX attachment points in the rear seats for the first time, and boot space has been increased thanks to a clever fabric roof that allows for 20 per cent more cargo room.

DB11 Volante development prototypes were put on test in locations including Death Valley and the Arctic Circle.

Aston Martin has lifted the lid off its lovely DB11 (last year's 'Design of the Year' victor at the T3 Awards) and, as a result, created the most attractive vehicle we've ever seen.

With prices starting from £159,900 in the United Kingdom, €199,000 in Germany and $216,495 in U.S., the first cars are expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2018.