The next great Aston Martin convertible has arrived

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This is the new Aston Martin DB11 Volante, a stunning convertible sibling for the DB11 coupe.

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.

The DB11 Volante replaces the DB9 Volante and will initially be powered by a 4.0L twin turbocharged V8 that's borrowed from Mercedes-AMG.

One of the hallmarks of Aston Martin is the V12 engine that many of its cars use.

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Standard equipment includes a torque-vectoring system and a limited-slip differential for improved grip and cornering, three driving modes and a retractable spoiler for better aerodynamics.

The interior has new features too, including wood or carbon fiber veneer panels on the seat backs.

Max Szwaj, Aston Martin Chief Technical Officer, adds: "The challenge of creating a convertible vehicle is retaining structural and dynamic integrity".

Then there's the convertible's tailored fabric top that comes in bordeaux red, black silver, and grey silver.

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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.

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.

The Aston Martin DB11 Volante is priced from £159,900 in the United Kingdom, with first deliveries scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2018. With Aston Martin on the trunk lid, you knew the vehicle wasn't going to be cheap.

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

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It's been eighteen months since the Aston Martin DB11 was revealed as Aston's much needed replacement for the aging DB9, but AML has finally got round to chopping its roof off.

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