'Volante' is the Aston Martin word for convertible, and the DB11 Volante is the latest in a long line
The DB11 coupe was the first all-new Aston Martin in several years, and represented quite a developmental step
This includes fitting another company's engines for the first time – an AMG-fettled 4.0-litre V8
While the DB11 Coupe can have a V12, the Volante is V8 only.... but that's no bad thing
In fact, the V8 has more than enough power to make the DB11 genuinely exciting to drive...
...and there's no denying that it sounds fantastic with the roof down. In a tunnel, for instance.
Roof up or roof down, the DB11 Volante is unquestionably a handsome brute
In fact, it could be said that it looks neater than the DB11 Coupe.
It loses precious little in its conversion to a convertible, either – there's no shortage of structural rigidity.
The result is sharper steering and a more involving feel for the driver
Overall, the DB11's ability to thrill is only more pronounced since going topless
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