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Aston Martin's DB11 V8 now available as a convertible

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More usable rear seats, for the first time with ISOFIX points for child seats, more room, more comfort and more refinement, plus the quality and electronics re-invention ushered in by the DB11, are all evident here. A new addition to the DB11's bag of tricks is the use of wood veneer on the Volante's seat backs.

The convertible DB11 variant joins the existing coupe model that launched a year ago, powered by a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 503 horsepower.

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Aston's new DB11 convertible - arrives to plug the gap for refined GT motoring in a DB, and it comes with only the option of the 4.0 litre AMG V8 - so no V12 version, at least not for now.

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"The challenge of creating a convertible auto is retaining structural and dynamic integrity", said Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer. It's good for 510hp and thanks to a three-phase approach to delivering that power, plus three very different driving mode setups and an eight-speed paddle-operated automatic transmission, not to mention the limited slip differential with torque vectoring, Aston insists it offers a greater breadth and depth of performance than any Aston yet to carry the Volante badge.

The new model is created to be lighter and sportier than its predecessor while still adding interior space and comforts that a well-heeled Aston Martin owner may expect. It takes just 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close, and can be operated remotely from the key or at speeds up to 31 miles per hour.

Prices for the new vehicle start at £159,900 in the United Kingdom and delivers are scheduled to being during the first quarter of 2018. With Aston Martin on the trunk lid, you knew the vehicle wasn't going to be cheap. First deliveries are expected in spring 2018.

Click below to watch Aston Martin's official video of the new auto, or scroll down to see the full gallery of the V8-powered drop-top.

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