Aston Martin launches drop-top DB11 Volante

What would an Aston Martin grand tourer be if it wasn't available both as a hard-top and a Volante convertible? The latter has been missing from the DB11 line-up – until now. Aston Martin has finally launched the DB11 Volante, and it's every bit as gorgeous as you might have hoped.

Those who were expecting a glorious V12 soundtrack to go along with their soft-top escapades may be disappointed, though, as Aston Martin has chosen to launch the DB11 Volante with only the AMG-sourced V8 engine under the hood.

That's not to say performance takes a massive dive. In fact, with 503bhp on tap, the DB11 Volante should still provide ample performance – even with the convertible's 110kg weight penalty over the coupe. It weighs in at 1,870kg, but Aston Martin says that's still 26kg lighter than the old DB9 Volante – and it's five per cent stiffer, too.

As with almost any drop-top Aston, the styling is a real highlight. The DB11 Volante lacks the coupe's divisive roofline, allowing the long, flowing lines and raised haunches an almost universal appeal.

The soft-top roof means the Volante loses the DB11's characteristic rear pillars, but in its place is a long rear deck with subtle sculting around the roofline and cabin.

For the roof itself, Aston Martin has eschewed a folding hard top like you'd find on a Ferrari Portofino in favour of an eight-layer soft-top. It can be lowered in 14 second and, at speeds of up to 31mph.

The new Aston Martin DB11 Volante is on sale now, with prices starting from £159,900 – that's around £15,000 pricier than a DB11 Coupe with the V8 engine. Deliveries will begin in 2018.

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