Aston Martin has taken the wraps off its new DB11 Volante, a convertible version of the company’s new V8-powered grand tourer model. 

The £159,900 car will get its first deliveries in the first quarter of 2018.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Aston Martin DB11 Volante

The Volante has the coupe’s 4-litre twin-turbo V8 under the bonnet, which produces 503bhp and propels the car to 62mph from a standstill in 4.1 seconds.

The 0-100mph dash gets out of the way in 8.8 seconds and the car will go on to a top speed of 187mph. Torque is 513lb ft and the car produces 255g/km CO2.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

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The DB11 Volante isn’t merely a summer plaything, Aston Martin has fitted a heated steering wheel for colder days of open motoring, and the rear seats even feature Isofix points for fitting child seats. 

Aston says the convertible DB11 can be personalised by drivers, thanks to the three roof colour options – red, black or grey – as well as seat veneer panels and other options.

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. The car was also taken out to harsh real-world environments in Death Valley and the Arctic Circle for testing. 

Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Aston Martin DB11 Volante

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Aston Martin says the new car is 26kg lighter than the old DB9 Volante model, as well as five percent stiffer, to provide a better ride and handling experience.

The folding roof has been developed to be smaller than ever before too, freeing up boot space and folding down in 16 seconds. The roof can be dropped using the key fob or on the move at up to 31mph.

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

Gallery: Aston Martin DB11 Volante