Aston Martin has unveiled what is potentially one of the best looking cars of the year - the new DB11 Volante. Features include heated steering wheel to encourage owners to keep the top down even when the temperature drops.
The Volante will join the DB11 Coupe in the Aston ranks and is powered by a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo 510PS V8 engine, which is crafted from the same lightweight structure as the Coupe.
The interior has new features too, including wood or carbon fiber veneer panels on the seat backs.
The fabric roof comes in a choice of bordeaux red, black silver or grey silver and a new C-shaped "light blade" taillights also complete the car's look. 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.
Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, adds: "The challenge of creating a convertible vehicle is retaining structural and dynamic integrity".
Aston Martin says the new vehicle is 26kg lighter than the old DB9 Volante model, as well as five percent stiffer, to provide a better ride and handling experience. Aston Martin also says that the new soft top design provides 20 percent more trunk space than the outgoing DB9.
The all-new 8-layer hood is created to insulate the occupants from the extremes of weather and wind noise, taking just 14 seconds to lower and 16 to close.
Deliveries of the Aston Martin DB11 Volante in the USA are scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2018 and will be priced from $220,385 including destination. The first deliveries will begin during the first quarter of 2018. The open roof GT is expected to account for half of all DB11 sales worldwide, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Andy Palmer told Business Insider.