Aston Martin's DB11 V8 now available as a convertible

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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.

If you're anxious about the lifespan of a cloth roof, don't worry, because Aston Martin put the DB11 Volante through some extreme weather testing.

Aston Martin has unveiled the first of its next-generation convertible models, the V8-powered 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.

A convertible version of Aston's big GT was pretty much a given, and the "Volante" name isn't much of a surprise, either; the automaker has been applying it to its convertible cars since 1965.

As it stands, the V8 will be the only engine available to Volante buyers though, and although the lack of cylinders might detract from the sense of occasion from previous V12-engined Volantes, the performance of the twin-turbo engine is certainly not lacking. Torque is 513lb ft and the auto produces 255g/km CO2. The soft top can be lowered in 14 seconds or raised in 16 seconds at speeds up to 31 miles per hour.

The Volante can hit 62mph in just 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 187mph.

The roof was tested to extremes during 100,000 lab-based cycles using special weather chambers to simulate 10 years of use in the harshest environments on the planet in the space of a month. For reference, the coupe is one tenth quicker to 62 and has the same electronically limited top speed.

What's more, the boot's size increased by 20% over the DB9 Volante thanks to the new roof system.

Say hello to the latest evolution of Aston Martin's iconic convertible sports GT. The first deliveries will begin during the first quarter of 2018. "With the DB11 Volante we have maximized the advantages of the DB11's all-new bonded structure to underpin our new Volante with a structure that's 26kg lighter and 5% stiffer than its predecessor [the DB9 Volante]". From what we can see, Aston Martin has another stunner in its growing line-up.

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