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Archive for the ‘Aston Martin DB11’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Design similar to the coupe

The DB11 Volante was officially announced by Aston Martin in October of 2017. While being on its way to dealers is a pretty big deal, what seems more important to mention here is that the new DB11 Volante maintained the same sporty look even with that canvass top up or down – now that’s a pretty sweet deal. Initial models appear to only be offered with the AMG-sourced, 4.0-liter, V-8, which means you’re in for about 503 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of sheer man-pleasing goodness.
For what it’s worth that engine is enough to deliver a four-second sprint to 62 mph in the coupe, and the Volante won’t be far behind.

With that in mind, the only real difference between the Volante and the coupe is quite obvious – that fabric top. But, you’ll be wanting to pop the champagne bottles when you see just how well Aston Martin managed to convert the coupe design into a drop top. This thing is absolutely gorgeous, and even has exactly what you would expect from an AM Volante. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a really good look at the new DB11 Volante. You might find yourself begging the wife to allow you to get one 😉

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante.

Official video

Exterior


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“Aston Martin did an amazing job converting the DB11 Coupe into the Volante”

As you can see from the image above, Aston Martin did an amazing job converting the DB11 Coupe into the Volante – so well, in fact, that the car is nearly identical to the extent that it looks like the coupe has a slide-off roof. With that in mind, you get the same gorgeous front end with that wide-mouth, single-piece grill with five louvers, a huge splitter down below, and long, recessed headlights with that slender LED strip along the top and outer edge. The same hood also carries over with a long vent on either side near the fender and those defining, muscular lines that run from the windshield to the nose.


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Walk over to the side like you’re going to embark this beast, and you’ll find that deeply cut vent in the fender to match that small air passthrough down in the corner of the side skit. The bottom of the side skirt also gets a small lip, which is just enough to tie the front and side profiles together. The body line just below the waistline rungs from the rear-most tip of the headlight back to the rear quarters, bending only beyond the doors to match the curvature of the muscular rear haunches. What you’ll find particularly interesting here is how most of the rear quarter matches that of the coupe, all the way up to where the waistline curves around to the rear and the top’s hood resides. It should also be mentioned that the Volante gets its own unique wheels that include a split-spoke layout that really adds to the overall character of the car.


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“The Volante gets the same clear taillights with red LEDs and that huge gloss-black rear insert”

Around back, we see more of the same. The Volante gets the same clear taillights with red LEDs and that huge gloss-black rear insert. Chrome exhaust tips add some serious contrast while the small red reflectors supplement the same. The one real different thing back here is the hood for the convertible top, which takes up a good portion of the rear deck. As you can see, the waistline curves up and around, with decreasing width before traversing across the rear deck. The only downside of the Volante as far as the exterior goes is that the rear deck kind of sticks out like a sore thumb with those massive gaps between boy panels. Of course, they match the rest of the car, really, but it would be nice to see a tighter fit and finish here.


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On the other hand, it should be noted that when the top is up and in place, it isn’t quite as long as the roof on the coupe, giving the Volante a look of its own in closed mode. And, for what it’s worth, that top can be opened at up to 31 mph (less if there’s wind coming at you.) AM says it has tested the top in Death Valley and the Arctic and its reliability testing has shown 100,000 successful cycles, which should be enough to last for at least 10 years – now that’s enough to make me comfortable about it, how about you?


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The Competition


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The world of high-priced luxury convertibles isn’t really all that large, but the DB11 Volante will have some pretty stiff competition. With models like the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet, the Bentley Continental GT Convertible, and the Ferrari California T all occupying a big portion of this niche, there are some tough decisions to make if you’re really in the market for a $200,000+ convertible. All three of these models feature their own unique look, but all three feature a similar level of aggression in their design. The California T has that wide-mouth grille up front to go with small and sleek corner air vents. The hood has just the right amount of character without going overboard. Looking at the car from in front, the sides don’t look all that aggressive, but walk around to the side, and you’ll find an excessively sharp body line that runs from the contour of the front wheel arch back to the rear quarters, following the wavy contour of the body as you move farther back. The rear haunches are muscular while the rear fascia is aggressive. The rear deck is smooth and slopes downward gently in the rear while a fairly aggressive diffuser with three fins rounds out the exterior package. The California T isn’t a bad choice, but there are other options to consider.

“The California T isn’t a bad choice, but there are other options to consider.”

Despite the fact that Mercedes is own by Daimler and Bentley being a part of the VW group of companies, it is a bit surprising that there are some similarities between these two competitors. Just look at the front fascia of each of these models. You can deny that the overall design of both front fascias are suspicious. Even the rear haunches on both of these models are vaguely similar. When it comes to the Bentley, you get the traditional tiered circular headlights and a rectangular grille up front. The hood features a defining line right in the middle and sits just below the level of the wheel arches. The windshield on this model is fairly short and features a massive pillar on each side. Moving back, there is a sharp body line that starts out ahead of the front wheel arch, whips around the top and shoots straight back, terminating just ahead of the door handle on each side. Another excessively sharp line comes into play above the rear wheel arches to had a hint of masculinity. Around back, the Bentley actually hs a somewhat ugly set up going on. The rear deck is long and smooth, with the lower edge in the rear acting as an overhang above the license plate. The exhaust outlets are recessed into the rear fascia, similar to what you see on a lot of Mercedes models.

“While the DB11 Volante and California T have these muscular rear haunches and an elevated waistline in the rear, the Merc is the exact opposite”

Looking at the S65 Cabriolet, you’ll find that it’s styling in some areas are a little outdated. While the DB11 Volante and California T have these muscular rear haunches and an elevated waistline in the rear, the Merc is the exact opposite. It’s got an aggressive front fascia with the traditional AMG grille up front. The hood is fairly sporty, but the side profile is toned down compared to all of the other models we’ve discussed so far. The waistline itself stays the same all the way around as opposed to being slightly elevated in the rear. To me, this harkens back to old school Porsche convertibles from back in the day. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad car, and maybe you like that look, but if you want something that’s more minimalist on the outside, the S65 is probably your best bet. Around back, the S65 is has a bubbly appearance, with the fascia and rear quarters wrapping around with a
gentle curve – a feature that’s comparable to what the DB11 Volante will have going on out back, but completely different from the California T and the Bentley GT.

Ferrari California T Bentley Continental GT Convertible Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Wheelbase (Inches) 105.1 108.0 115.94 110.43
Length (Inches) 179.9 189.3 198.58 186.57
Width (Inches) 75.2 76.7 75.31 76.37
Height (Inches) 52.0 55.1 56.29 50.35

All told, the DB11 Volante and these three competitors are all fine automobiles, but as far as looks go, it really depends on your taste. If you want something that’s aggressive, I would suggest going for the DB11 or the California T. If you want something big, and somewhat toned down in comparison; you’ll want to choose between the Bentley and the Merc. But, it’s not all about looks, so let’s see what else these models bring to the table.

Interior


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“Inside, the Volante takes on the same exact DNA has its metal-topped sibling”

Inside, the Volante takes on the same exact DNA has its metal-topped sibling. Needless to say, it does have the unlimited headroom when you have to top down. According to Aston Martin, you can lower the top in just 14 seconds and raise it in as little as 16 seconds. Of course, you can’t do so at high speed, but according to AM, it can be done at speeds of up to 31 mph with no headwind. Since the new top is lighter than that of the DB9, you’ll actually find the storage space in the trunk has increased by as much as 20 percent in comparison. It’s still not as much as you’ll find in the coupe, but that’s a pretty big improvement. The top itself features plenty of acoustic and insulation, and with eight layers of material, it helps combat wind noise and unfriendly temperatures when you can’t enjoy having the top down. Top colors include red, black silver, and gray silver.

Speaking of the top, it should be pointed out that Aston Martin did what it could to ensure that you can enjoy topless (giggity) driving as often as possible, thanks to a heated steering wheel. The rear seats, while they are quite small, feature ISOFIX attachments, something not usually found in an AM convertible and a safe way to attach your child’s seat in the rear. Finally, the Volante stands out the most thanks to the addition of new wooden veneers to the back of the front seats. They can also be had in carbon fiber if you wish to go with the carbon look.


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“Over in the center stack, you’ll find the eight-inch display screen and the simple button layout to control the infotainment and HVAC systems.”

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Outside of what I’ve already mentioned here, the DB11 Volante carries over with the same classic GT look found in the coupe. We’re talking about the single-gauge, semi-digital instrument cluster and the just-out-of-round steering wheel that has a flattish bottom and sharply curved corners that almost give it a square look. You’ll also find two little ledges inside the 2- and 10-O’clock positions to provide a bit of extra support for your thumbs when you grip the wheel correctly. Over in the center stack, you’ll find the eight-inch display screen and the simple button layout to control the infotainment and HVAC systems. Shifting duties are handled by paddle shifters behind the wheel, so there’s no need for a shifter in the center. As such, you get a touch controller and a button for the electric parking brake.

The dash features a genuinely smooth design with just a few defining lines in the center and the middle while the seats and central armrests feature a center stitching in a contrasting color. The inserts of the seats contrast the outsides to match the contrast of the dash and the door panels and feature a unique and curved stitching pattern – nice! All told, it’s a pretty nice interior, and even better with the top down, so how does it compete with the competition?

Competing Designs


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All three competitors offer amazing interiors, so if the choice of which to buy comes down to the interior, you’re going to need some time to sit in each and really soak in what each has to offer. While the DB11 will feature a floating infotainment screen that rests atop the center stack, all three of these competing models have the display integrated into the center stack. The Mercedes-AMG S65 (top left) features a digital instrument cluster that integrates almost seamlessly with the wide display sitting in the center stack. It is a very modern look, but that’s not all that makes the S65 desirable. The dash is actually rather tame compared to the Bentley, Ferrari, and Aston Martin, and swoops downward just a bit on each end where it has a very tight fit against the door trim panels. The upper portion of the dash and the door trim are one color, while the rest of the trim is done up in a contrasting color. The round HVAC vents are similar to that of the Bentley and Ferrari, but that’s what helps to set the DB11 apart as it has rectangular vents. Like the DB11, the seats of the S65 feature a unique stitching layout that is both sporty and stylish.

“Like the DB11, the seats of the S65 feature a unique stitching layout that is both sporty and stylish.”

When you look at the Bentley (top right,) you’ll find a cockpit-like feel with a very sharp layout that keeps most of the controls and goodies in the center of the vehicle. The Bentley has an analog instrument cluster, and the infotainment display is recessed into the center stack. The dash itself is one of the most aggressive out there, with the driver and passenger side of it separated by that stylish and sporty dash bad. Because of this design, the whole center stack is recessed into the dash a bit giving a unique look. The shifter handle sits far forward, but there isn’t any space that’s unused as there are buttons and controls located everywhere on the center console. A split armrest covers up a large storage compartment. Beautiful wood inserts adorn the face of the dash, while the rest of the interior gets a two-tone look. The seats have a retro look with straight fluting. The lower side bolsters
and headrests are done up in a dark contrasting color while the center inserts and upper side pollsters are done up in a lighter color. Various leather options are available at the time of purchase, and you can opt for some Alcantara as well. On the technology front, the Bentley benefits from LED lighting, wireless phone charging, and an available Wi-Fi hotspot, among other things.

“The center stack on the California actually extends outward a bit making access to it easier on the driver”

Then we’ve got the California T (bottom) that also has a very interesting interior. Like the DB11 and other competitors, the California T gets a two-tone interior. It, like the Bentley and Merc, has circular HVAC vents, but on they are mounted atop the dash and protrude in an extreme fashion like Chameleon eyes. Oddly, the steering wheel looks almost like it was ripped out of an F1 car, with lots of thumb buttons and a flat bottom. Unlike the other models we’ve discussed, the center stack on the California actually extends outward a bit making access to it easier on the driver. The center console disappears into the dash below the HVAC controls. Unlike the other models we’ve discussed, there isn’t a traditional shifter. Instead, the California T make use of buttons to select park, drive, and reverse. This makes for a thinner center console that has a very clean look. Somehow, Ferrari managed to keep things minimal while providing an aggressive and pleasing package. Not bad at all.

Ferrari California T Bentley Continental GT Convertible Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Seats 4 4 4 4
Passenger Volume (cu ft) 75.0 86.0 TBA TBA
Cargo Volume (cu ft) 12.0 9.1 TBA TBA
Cargo Volume (Seats Folded) TBA TBA TBA TBA

Drivetrain


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“Under the hood, the Volante comes with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that is sourced from none other than Mercedes-AMG”

Under the hood, the Volante comes with a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that is sourced from none other than Mercedes-AMG. And, if you know your cars, you’d know that the AMG GT also makes use of the very same engine. And, while that may be the same, the collaboration between Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG was a good one, as the brand allowed Aston to design their own specific parts, including engine mounts, a slim-line wet sump oil system, throttle mapping, and even their own ECU software. All told, you’ll find yourself with 503 horsepower and 513 pound-feet of torque on tap. That horsepower number be recognizable as that’s exactly how much the pre-facelift Mercedes-AMG GT S delivered, but its torque comes much closer to that of the Mercedes-AMG GT R.

To help keep things steady, Aston Martin went so far as to optimize the car’s center of gravity and included special suspension bushings, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers, and ESP software to help improve the car’s overall agility even with the top in the stowed position. And, you’ll be sure to know it’s a sports car. It might be a little heavier than it’s coupe sibling, but it shouldn’t take you too long to get up to 62 mph – the coupe does it in four-seconds flat, and the Volante should be able to do it in around 4.1 or 4.2 seconds at worst – not bad for a convertible of this caliber.

But, what about the V-12?


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“The Volante should see the V-12 coming into the mix buy mid-to-late 2018.”

Yeah; what about the V-12? Well, if you think back a bit, you’ll remember that the DB11 coupe was originally rolled into dealers with just one engine as well. It was until about a year later that the DB11 found itself toting around the option for a V-8 and a V-12. As such, the Volante should experience the same fate, with the V-12 coming into the mix buy mid-to-late 2018. If I were you, I’d wait for the V-12, as its newly developed in the past year and delivers a cold-hearted 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. For the coupe, that was an increase of 97 ponies and 59 pound-feet over the DB9 – a very nice improvement. The Coupe could hit the 62-mph sprint in as little as 3.9 seconds and tops out around 200 mph. So, with that in mind, the Volante should be able to hit around 196 (it is a little less aerodynamic) while the 62-mph sprint should come in around four-seconds flat.

The Competition


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“Ferrari took this tiny V-8 and massaged it to deliver a decent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque”

So, how does the competition stack up? It’s a good thing you asked, because in this niche that could be what makes or breaks your decision to go with one model or the other. With that said, we’ll start out with the least-powerful option first: The California T.

Powered by a direct-injected, 3.9-liter V-8, it doesn’t exactly have the largeness of all the other models we’re discussing. But, that doesn’t mean it’s a slouch by any means. See, Ferrari took this tiny V-8 and massaged it to deliver a decent 560 horsepower and 557 pound-feet of torque. That’s less than the Volante, Continental, and S65, but don’t judge the car until you’ve taken a ride in it. That power, lets the California T hit 62 mph in a butthole-puckering 3.6 seconds. And, there is literally no turbo lag, thanks to Ferrari’s amazing ingenuity. Top speed, like the DB11 Volante, comes in at 196 mph. Despite its amazing ability to get up to speed insanely fast, the California T is rated at 10.5-liters per 100km, which converts to about 22.4 mpg here in the U.S. An F1, dual-clutch, seven-speed automatic handles shifting duties, while a smooth and comfortable ride is made possible by double wishbone suspension in the front and a multilink system in the rear. But, if you really want to impress, you’ll want to click the option box for the Handling Speciale package. It brings a tighter recalibration to the engine and transmission as well as an all-new exhaust system. If you plan on hitting the track, this package is a must-have.

“This baby comes with Bentleys famed 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, W-12 that delivers a decent 582 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque”

Next on the list is the Continental. Unlike the other models we’ve discussed, this baby comes with Bentleys famed 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, W-12 that delivers a decent 582 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque. Despite weighing an insane 5,501 pounds – that’s a much as a large SUV from the early 2000s – it can hit 60 mph in as quick as 4.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 191 mph. In the U.S. it is rated at 20 mph on the highway, 12 mpg in the city, and 15 mpg combined. It rolls on 21-inch wheels straight from the factory, and the suspension system is made up of air springs with continuous damping control – a feature that gives the Continental one of the best rides you can get in this Niche. On the options side of things, your best bet is to go with the carbon ceramic brakes if you’re going to do any spirited driving. It comes standard with Iron brakes, but these carbon ceramic units will help bring things to a stop quickly and efficiently while producing minimal dust.


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“This monster tips the scales at 4,981 pounds, but with 621 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of gut-wrenching torque on tap, this Cabriolet isn’t a model you want to turn your back on”

Finally, we’ve got the Mercedes-AMG S65. This monster tips the scales at 4,981 pounds, but with 621 horsepower and 739 pound-feet of gut-wrenching torque on tap, this Cabriolet isn’t a model you want to turn your back on. That kind of power gets it up to 60 mph in four seconds. Its official top speed has yet to be published by Merc, but all Mercedes models are generally limited to 155 mph, so don’t expect to go much faster without having the electronic limiter increased to 186 mph with the AMG Driver Package (a must-have in my opinion.) The engine itself is a hand-built 6.0-liter V12 that is built in-house by Mercedes-AMG. Power is sent to all four wheels via a 7G-Tronic AMG Speedshift Plus automatic. Fuel economy is rated at 14 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway, which puts it right on par with the California T. All told, the Mercedes is the most powerful of the bunch, but if you really want the fastest, you’ll have to buy Italian on this one.

Ferrari California T Bentley Continental GT Convertible Mercedes-AMG S 65 Cabriolet Aston Martin DB11 Volante
Engine 3.9-liter V-8 6.0-liter, twin-turbo, W-12 6.0-liter V-12 5.2-litre twin-turbo V-12
Horsepower 552 HP @ 7,500 RPM 582 HP @ 6,000 RPM 630 HP @ 4,800-5,400 RPM 600 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 557 Lb-FT @ 4,750 RPM 531 LB-FT @ 1,800 RPM 737 LB-FT @ 2,300-4,300 RPM 516 LB-FT @ 1,500-5,000 RPM
Top speed 196 mph 196 mph 196 mph (est.) 155 mph
0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) 3.6 s 4.7 s 4.1 s (est.) 4.1 s
Dry weight 3,582 Lbs 5,501 Lbs 4,971 Lbs TBA
Kerb weight 3,813 Lbs 6,393 Lbs 5,789 Lbs TBA
Weight distribution 47% front – 53% rear 57 % front – 42% rear TBA TBA

Prices


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Aston Martin was quick to release pricing this time around, and the Volante comes in at a pricy, $216,495 here in the U.S. Over in the U.K., you can park one in your driveway for £159,900, and you can have one in Germany for €199,000. Needless to say, it doesn’t come cheap, but beautiful things seldom do, right?

Competing Prices

With Volante hit the wallet for $216,495, you might want to consider grabbing yourself a Bentley Continental GT Speed goes $218,400; the 2016 California T retails for $202,723, and the Mercedes-AMG S65 Cabriolet commands at least $247,900. So, unless you’re a major fan of Mercedes, that S65 is a pretty hard one to go for, considering you can get a faster and equally stylish California T for more than $40,000 less. Then again, you could go with the biggest status symbol out there and get yourself a Bentley for about $220k. Either way, you can’t go wrong with the Ferrari or the Bentley, but I think the DB11 Volante will probably win your heart.

Other Options

Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet


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Sometimes you save the best for last, and I may very well have done that here. See, the Porsche 911 Turbo S looks wildly different than the rest of the models here, including the upcoming DB11 Volante. Over the years the 911 has changed a lot, but it’s still stuck to its classic German roots as far as design goes. And, if speed is something that speaks to you, then you better pay attention. The 911 Turbo S isn’t the most powerful model here, with just 580 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. But, it’s aerodynamic and light, which means it can beat out even the California T. To put things simply, when equipped with the Sport Chrono package, the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet can hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds – yes, you read that correctly – and tops out at 205 mph. That’s absolutely amazing for a cabriolet, and it gets decent fuel economy as well, being able to achieve 19 mph in the city, 24 mph on the highway, and 21 mpg combined. As of the time of this writing, the Turbo S Cabriolet for the 2017 model year goes for $200,400 in entry-level form. That price can increase drastically, though, depending on what options you choose, so don’t expect to roll out of the dealership for less than $230k unless you really have self-restraint.

Find out more about the Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.

Conclusion


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As is the usual case with coupes going topless, there isn’t a whole lot that changes between the standard DB11 Coupe and the new Volante, but I have to admit that Aston Martin did a magnificent job in maintaining the sportiness of the coupe. I mean, there’s no real sacrifice here. The rear seating looks the same (with some new trim inserts on the seatback), and the car is identical all of the way up to the waistline and a little more in the rear. I’m a little disappointed that there isn’t a better fit and finish in the rear where the top stows away, but the seam gaps here match those around the car, so I guess it really isn’t that bad. The only negative thing I have to say is that it isn’t being initially released with the option for the V-12. Just like the coupe, you have to wait. I know good things come to those who wait, but if you have $200k sitting around and you really wanted a Volante, how hard would it be to wait for the V-12 to finally get released? Anyway, let us know what you think about the new DB11 Volante in the comments section below.

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    • Expensive
    • Exterior fit and finish could be better around back
    • Stiff competition

References

Aston Martin DB11


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Read our full review on the 2017 Aston Martin DB11 Coupe.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Aston Martin DB11 S.

Rendering


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Spy Shots

May 16, 2017

We last saw the Aston Martin DB11 Volante testing back in April of 2017, and just a month later, the brand’s newest droptop was caught stretching its wheels again. This time around, however, it has shed all of those fake panels that were riveted to the sides and rear, finally showing off the car’s true design. Of course, the lower portion of the side profile that we couldn’t see will be identical to that of the coupe, as will the rear haunches and rear fascia. The big difference between this model and the coupe happens above the beltline. Aston Martin was able to throw the droptop into place without altering the appearance below the beltline, but with that in mind, the rear deck is now much longer, and the canvass roof doesn’t have nearly as long of a slope to it. The rear quarter glass mimics the shape of that on the coupe but is undoubtedly smaller. Chrome trim from the beltline wraps around the canvas top and traverses along the edge rear deck. Unfortunately, the convertible won’t look quite as sporty as the coupe with the top up, nor will it be as aerodynamic, but that’s a small price to pay for unlimited headroom, right?

April 5, 2017 – Aston Martin DB11 Volante caught testing at Nurbrugring

December 14, 2016 – First testing session

Prototype Vs. Rendering

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Looking at the prototype (left,) it’s clear that our rendering (right) is spot on below the waistline up front. Moving to the rear, however, we can’t make out anything about the decklid or rear quarters thanks to some cheap sheet metal. There are a few things to mention. First, we thought the storage door for the convertible top would feature two elevated pods that sit just over the headrests. This prototype doesn’t show anything like that, however. It looks more like a decklid similar to the coupe will be used but will open to the rear to allow stowage of the top. Without those pods in the rear and no dedicated door for the top, the rear decklid will likely be near identical on the outside but will be altered below the skin. As such, cargo room will be dramatically cut in half, but the important part is that the Volante will look a lot like the coupe in the rear, despite being a convertible.

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Updated 04/05/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Aston Martin DB11 Volante lapping around the famous Nurburgring track.

PostHeaderIcon Chris Harris Reviews Aston Martin’s DB11, Gets Sideways Like It’s Nothing: Video

Aston Martin released the DB11 in 2016, offering a successor to the much-loved DB9 and promising to catapult the nameplate into a future filled with sporty good looks, modern technology, and no shortage of speed. Under the hood is a V-12 powerplant pushing a top speed of 200 mph. But while the specs are impressive, the DB11 still has some pretty big shoes to fill. With that in mind, the question is obvious – how does it get on in the real world? Top Gear’s Chris Harris decided to find out, and snagged the above-featured silver example of Gaydon’s latest and greatest for a quick spin in this seven-minute, 48-second video review.

The review starts on the street, where the DB11’s grand tourer chops are tested on a damp, rainy U.K. two-lane. Harris is immediately pleased to report that the DB11 fulfills its role with a supple, comfortable ride. Tackling public asphalt is a joy behind the wheel, with the cabin providing a lovely place to sit, despite the ageing Mercedes infotainment set-up. But no Chris Harris review would be complete without liberal application of counter steer, so after the road test, the car heads to the racetrack for a little tail out action. Make that a lot of tail out action. “It’s a really, really playful, fun car, with heaps of balance, and much easier to slide around than I ever expected!” Harris exclaims. “And it feels like it could do it for a long, long time. It feels robust!”

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Gets AMG V8 Engine

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Taking their relationship with Mercedes-AMG to the next level, Aston Martin is releasing a new version of the DB11 super GT with the V8 engine out of the AMG GT. The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 V8 bi-turbo expands the model’s range and should attract new buyers with its blend of performance and efficiency. 

They haven’t even modified the AMG engine for use in the Aston Martin DB11 V8. It makes the same 510 horsepower as in the Mercedes. It is lighter than the V12 though (a saving of 115kg) and so it is still capable of decent performance with a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 187 mph. Meanwhile this big Grand Tourer returns CO2 emissions of 230g/km and an EU Combined fuel economy figure of 28.5mpg.

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Aston Martin DB11 V8 is re-tuned to make use of its lighter weight compared to the V12 version. It comes with revised suspension bushing, geometry, anti-roll bars, springs, dampers and ESP software, all of which should give it a more sports car-like feel. Visual distinctions include a unique alloy wheel finish, dark headlamp bezels and a pair of bonnet vents instead of the quartet featured on the V12. The interior design and options are the same as the V12 model.

Prices for the V8-powered DB11 star from £144.900 in the UK, €184,000 in Germany and $198,995 in the US.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Henley Royal Regatta

Aston Martin is no stranger to making special edition models. Its Q by Aston Martin personalization department is responsible for recent creations like the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition that paid tribute to the Spitfire plane and the Blades Aerobatic Display Team and the AM37 powerboat-inspired Vanquish Volante. These two special edition models were unveiled a few months ago, so you can imagine how much of a groove Q by Aston Martin is in. Turns out, we don’t need to wait too long for Q’s next creation because it’s already arrived. It’s called the DB11 Henley Regatta and it’s a sight to behold.

Created to celebrate Aston’s partnership with Henley Royal Regatta, the one-off DB11 packs plenty of exclusive nods that reflect the prestige associated with one of the world’s prestigious rowing events. For those who aren’t familiar, the Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held annually on the River Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames. It was founded in 1839 and is considered one of the oldest sporting events in the world. It figures then that with the event’s history, coupled with Aston Martin’s long-standing involvement in the realm of nautical sports, a partnership between the two entities would happen. Now it has with a one-off DB11 that received extensive work on the exterior and interior to make it a true one-off creation.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 by Q for Henley Royal Regatta

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Aston Martin has associated itself over the years with some really prestigious brand, and of the most aristocratic ones is Henley Royal Regatta, a historic sporting fixtures founded in 1839. To celebrate the Official Automotive Partnership with this brand they have created a super unique Aston Martin DB11 by Q.

This car is an exercise for the Q department through which to show off their capabilities. The Aston Martin DB11 by Q for Henley features bespoke visual treatments such as Diavolo Red paint combined with Satin Scintilla Silver roof and roof strakes, Carbon Fibre Body Pack (front splitter, side sills and rear diffuser) and Carbon Fibre Exterior Pack (Side Strakes, Hood Blades and Mirror Caps), 20” Gloss Black Directional wheels with diamond turned faces and a smoked finish, Carbon Fibre Exhaust finishers, Smoked Tail Lights, Exterior Black Pack and Carbon Fibre Wings Badge.

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As for the interior this Aston Martin DB11 by Q comes with Metallic Black leather and a Q by Aston Martin Trim Split withChancellor Red leather on the seats and door panels and stitching in the same color, Obsidian Black Alcantara on the headlining and cantrails, and Shadow Chrome Jewellery detailing. All of these options are available to order through Q department.In fact, you can customize each part and make them bespoke to yourself.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 S

Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the iconic DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 brought the British carmaker into a new era, one that finally sees the old VH platform retire. Now using lighter underpinnings engineered with help from Mercedes-AMG, the grand tourer is more than capable of competing against its more modern rivals. However, the DB11 is still a long way from becoming a proper vehicle lineup, with the V-8 and other iterations still under development. But this may end by the end of 2017, as Aston Martin is already testing a higher performance version of the coupe.

Spotted on public roads for the very first time, the beefed-up DB11 uses a new aerodynamic package that includes a reworked bumper, new side skirts, and a race-inspired diffuser at the back. Although Aston Martin has yet to confirm it is working on a new version and there aren’t many hints out there, I believe that this is a more powerful variant of the DB11. Several reports suggest that it could wear an “S” badge, just like the upgraded version of the Vanquish. Nothing’s official yet, but this test car is definitely not the upcoming V-8 model that will slow below the V-12.

Expect this new model to break cover by the end of the year, probably before the BD11 Volante will be unveiled in early 2018. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at what we already know about the DB11 S in the speculative review below.

Updated 04/04/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Aston Martin BD11 out for a new testing session.

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PostHeaderIcon AMG-Powered Aston Martin DB11 Could Debut in China

Aston Martin may have skipped out on creating a production version of the DB10 used in the most recent James Bond film, but that’s okay. We ended up getting the DB11, a vehicle built on a new, lighter architecture that included parts engineered by none other than Mercedes-AMG. The DB11 made its debut in mid-2016 and showcased the brand’s new 5.2-liter V-12 that had some 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of wholesome goodness. But, with that platform having plenty of AMG DNA at its core, that also means the DB11 is expected to get a version of the 4.0-liter, Biturbo, V-8 that was launched in the Mercedes-AMG GT. If Car News China is to be believed, the AMG-powered DB11 will make its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show next month.

Of course, there’s no official announcement as of yet, so specifics are still up in the air, but rumor has it that it will pump out around 530 horsepower – a figure that puts it about 70 horsepower shy of the V-12 powered DB11, which kicked out 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. According to the source, the DB11 V-8 will start out at 2.75 million yuan, or about $400,000 – about $70,000 cheaper in China than the V-12 model. And, since the V-8 is just below the 4.0-liter threshold, it will offer an attractive savings over the V-12 model thanks to it being in a lower tax bracket.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Q by Aston Martin

Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the long-running DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 is returning to the Geneva Motor Show exactly one year after its debut. This time around, the British firm is using the Swiss event to showcase the first DB11 tailored by Q, its personalization division. What’s more, the DB11 by Q also marks the debut of Aston Martin’s enhanced bespoke service, which now includes more options than ever.

Specifically, the Q division evolved into a multi-tiered offering that gives customers almost limitless opportunities to create their unique Aston Martin. The new collection includes exclusive paint and upholstery colors, and new material finishes and craft elements. These range from a unique leather quilt upholstery pattern to tinted wheel finishes with body-colored blades, as well as new wood and leather inserts inside the cabin.

The DB11 by Q will share the stage with two other fresh Aston Martin vehicles. Visitors will be able to take a closer look at the new Vanquish S, the most powerful and dynamic grand tourer to date, as well as the AM-RB 001 hypercar, which makes its European debut after going public for the very first time at the Canadian International Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 by Q

Introduced in 2016 as a replacement for the long-running DB9, the Aston Martin DB11 is returning to the Geneva Motor Show exactly one year after its debut. This time around, the British firm is using the Swiss event to showcase the first DB11 tailored by Q, its personalization division. What’s more, the DB11 by Q also marks the debut of Aston Martin’s enhanced bespoke service, which now includes more options than ever.

Specifically, the Q division evolved into a multi-tiered offering that gives customers almost limitless opportunities to create their unique Aston Martin. The new collection includes exclusive paint and upholstery colors, and new material finishes and craft elements. These range from a unique leather quilt upholstery pattern to tinted wheel finishes with body-colored blades, as well as new wood and leather inserts inside the cabin.

The DB11 by Q will share the stage with two other fresh Aston Martin vehicles. Visitors will be able to take a closer look at the new Vanquish S, the most powerful and dynamic grand tourer to date, as well as the AM-RB 001 hypercar, which makes its European debut after going public for the very first time at the Canadian International Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Tom Brady Didn't Just Win His Fifth Super Bowl, He's Also Designing Cars For Aston Martin

Tom Brady is the toast of the town these days, and rightfully so. The man just engineered the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history on his way to winning his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth Super Bowl MVP, the most of any player in history in both categories. But the New England Patriots’ historic win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI wasn’t the only headline-grabbing news that Brady was involved in over the weekend. Lost in the ginormous shadow of the Big Game was the announcement of the GOAT’s new partnership with Aston Martin.

Not much is known about what kind of partnership Brady has with the British automaker, but the latter did release a small teaser announcing the collaboration. The likely scenario would be for Brady to serve as the new ambassador of Aston Martin, specifically that of the automaker’s new DB11 performance coupe. The 30-second teaser alluded to as much when since it prominently featured the DB11 together with a number of descriptive words that could have been used to describe either Aston Martin or Tom Brady. From there, the teaser cuts to black as the words “Tom Brady and Aston Martin” come to the screen, followed by the words “Coming Soon.” The video then ends with the logo of the DB11, essentially confirming that this new relationship between the five-time Super Bowl winner and the British auto marquee will revolve around the latter’s new performance coupe.

Neither Aston Martin nor Tom Brady have elaborated on the partnership so as far as teasers go, this one succeeded in drawing up a lot of curiosity for both parties. There’s a good chance that Brady could be announced as the new brand ambassador of Aston Martin or he could be in line to build a special variant of the DB11, probably for the U.S. market.

Either way, let’s all hope that more information becomes available sooner than later. You have our curiosities piqued, Aston Martin. Now how about throwing us a bone to shed light on this new partnership with 12.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Officially Goes Into Production

Production for the Aston Martin DB11 has officially began at the British automaker’s home production facility in Gaydon, England. No less than Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer was on hand to witness the milestone event.

Palmer understandably called the event “an exciting moment for the entire company” as production of the DB11 signals the official start of the company’s ambitious “Second Century Plan.” The DB11, which was just launched at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March, is expected to lay the groundwork for as many as seven new models from the British automaker, including next-generation versions of the Vantage and Vanquish sports cars, as well as the DBX electric crossover, a pair of Lagonda-badged sedans, and a supercar that will compete against the likes of the Ferrari 488 GTB.

The importance of the DB11 to Aston Martin is evident by Palmer’s promise to personally inspect the first 1,000 DB11 models to be produced. Considering that interest in the car is off to a resounding high – Aston has already received 3,000 orders for the DB11 – production of the successor to the DB9 should make it an incredibly busy time inside the Gaydon facility as Aston Martin officially starts a new chapter in its long and illustrious history.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Receiving Massive Pre-Orders

Aston Martin may have struck a gold mine with the recently introduced DB11. That was the tone laid out by CEO Andy Palmer when he told The Motoring Report at the Australian Grand Prix that more than 1,400 customers have already pre-ordered the DB11 despite the British automaker not yet releasing the car’s full specs.

The massive interest in the DB11 can be attributed to a lot of things, but given what we know about the car so far, the two most obvious sources of attention are the car’s overall aesthetic design and it’s 5.2-liter twin-turbocharged V-12 engine that pumps out 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. Customers who know the nitty gritty details about their cars are likely to have appreciated the fact that the DB11 also comes with a new-generation chassis, suspension, steering, and technology, the last of which comes with the assistance of technology partner Daimler.

With many of the specifics still unknown, the notion the DB11 is already getting significant attention can be considered a massive coup for Aston Martin. The British automaker isn’t particularly known for having unlimited resources, so when one of its cars gets this kind of attention, it’s something that the company should be proud of.

If anything, Aston Martin’s goal for the DB11 to be its resident GT car is off to a great start. The kind of interest is generating gives the automaker the confidence to believe that its plan for the car to appeal to a broader consumer base is working flawlessly.

Aston Martin’s duty now is to ensure the DB11 will justify the massive demand it’s generating. No pressure, right Dr. Palmer?

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Looking To Build Seven-Model Range

Aston Martin isn’t keen on calling it a lineup overhaul, but it might as well admit to it after announcing plans to build a seven-model lineup that effectively signals the start of a new era for the British luxury brand.

Speaking with Car & Driver, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer laid out the plans for the new model range, beginning with the replacement of the existing V8 Vantage. That model will retain the same name and is expected to launch in 2017. More importantly, it’s going to use the AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, the first Aston Martin to use this specific powertrain. Accompanying the new engine will be a choice of either manual and automatic gearboxes. As for the V-12 version of the Vantage is concerned, Aston Martin hasn’t made plans known for that car, that is if it has plans to begin with. In any event, the release of the replacement Vantage will be followed by another replacement model.

Once the new Vantage hits the market, Aston Martin will turn its focus on new Vanquish. That car won’t be launched until 2018, and at this point, not much is known about the technical side of the supercar. It is important to note that Palmer himself singled out the next-generation Vanquish as the likeliest model to receive some of the technologies that come out of the Aston Martin-Red Bull Racing partnership. Two F1-sourced techs that are reportedly being considered for the new Vanquish include structural carbon fiber and KERS technology.

Beyond these two models, Aston Martin is also busy preparing the DB11, which we first saw at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The long-awaited replacement for the DB9 will be powered by a newly developed 5.2-liter turbocharged V-12 engine and is scheduled to arrive around the same time as the next-generation Vantage. A V-8 version is also reportedly in the cards, but a timetable for that model is still up in the air.

Rounding out the seven-model range are two models that we already know about: the Lagonda SUV and the DBX electric crossover. The remaining models are still shrouded in secrecy, but there is some indication that they could be the V-12 version of the Vantage and the V-8 version of the DB11. Another possibility is a production version of the RapidE Concept. Whether any of these possibilities come to bear is still a matter of debate, but we do know that theAM-RB 001, the 99-piece hypercar Aston Martin is developing with Red Bull, is unlikely to be part of the seven models due to its limited run.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Based on the DB10 James Bond Movie car, the DB11 has been a very anticipated model. It just went into production back in September of 2016, with first deliveries to U.K. customers happening in October. The DB11 is a big deal for Aston Martin. It’s the first all-new, mass-produced model from Aston in more than 10 years, it’s built upon a new, lighter architecture with some Mercedes-AMG DNA, comes with a powerful and all-new 5.2-liter V-12 engine, and surely is the beginning of a new era for one of our favorite brands. And, it’s a powerful era as well. The DB11 and DB11 Volante come with 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque on tap and can hit as high as 200 mph! And, it does that while looking absolutely beautiful at the same time.

With the Volante name (which is Aston Martin’s way of saying convertible) being widely used over the last 50 years on models like the V8 Vantage Volante, DB9 Volante, and DBS Volante, to name a few, we knew early on the DB11 would most definitely get its own Volante model. We made a rendering depicting what it might look like early on, and have since seen a few teaser photos from Aston of the prototype sporting a decal that says “Opening Spring 2018.” Now, that prototype has been caught during testing in the burly cold of Sweden, which in conjunction with that weird door decal, tells us that the DB11 Volante is right on schedule to make its debut in just a few months.

With that said, let’s take a look at these new shots, compare it to our rendering a bit, and talk about what we can expect now that we’ve seen the prototype in action.

Updated 04/05/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Aston Martin DB11 Volante lapping around the famous Nurburgring track.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Volante

The Volante name has been used on Aston Martin convertibles for the last 50 some years. Looking back, we’ve seen the Short Chassis Volante in 1965 and 1966, and then there was the DB6based Volante from 1966 to 1971. Then, between 1978 and 1996 there was the V8 Volante, V8 Vantage Volante, and the V8 Virage Volante. From ’96 to ’04 there was the DB7 Volante, and more recently there has been the DB9 and DBS Volante. With that kind of pattern, and the Aston Martin DB11 set to go on sale for the 2017 model year, it’s only fitting that Aston Martin will eventually drop another Volante based on its soon-to-be-iconic DB11.

With that method of thinking, we’ve decided to tap into our resident artist to put together a rendering of what the DB11 Volante might look like when Aston Martin does decide to take that plunge. As you can see from our rendering, the DB11 looks pretty sexy with its top off, so we don’t see any good reason why it wouldn’t be written in the books for our future. Until then, let’s take a good look at the rendering and talk a little about the potential of this upcoming model.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Volante

The Volante name has been used on Aston Martin convertibles for the last 50 some years. Looking back, we’ve seen the Short Chassis Volante in 1965 and 1966, and then there was the DB6based Volante from 1966 to 1971. Then, between 1978 and 1996 there was the V8 Volante, V8 Vantage Volante, and the V8 Virage Volante. From ’96 to ’04 there was the DB7 Volante, and more recently there has been the DB9 and DBS Volante. With that kind of pattern, and the Aston Martin DB11 set to go on sale for the 2017 model year, it’s only fitting that Aston Martin will eventually drop another Volante based on its soon-to-be-iconic DB11.

With that method of thinking, we’ve decided to tap into our resident artist to put together a rendering of what the DB11 Volante might look like when Aston Martin does decide to take that plunge. As you can see from our rendering, the DB11 looks pretty sexy with its top off, so we don’t see any good reason why it wouldn’t be written in the books for our future. Until then, let’s take a good look at the rendering and talk a little about the potential of this upcoming model.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 – Live Photos from Singapore

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The image of the new Aston Martin DB11 is still burning hot in our hearts since we saw it at the Geneva Motor Show. So what we have here is only going to make it worse. Here’s the gorgeous DB11 making its regional debut in Singapore.

So Singapore becomes the first country where Aston Martin DB11 has already debut. Not even Switzerland where the Geneva Motor Show is held the car has hit the showrooms yet, but apparently you can order one right now at that corner of the world.

We have no idea how much the new Aston costs yet, but we do know that it comes with a gorgeous new design, a brand-spanking-new 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine,  and a new lighter, stronger, and more space efficient bonded aluminium structure. With a power output of 600bhp and 700Nm of torque, the GT car is capable of sprinting form 0 to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 200 mph.

Other notable technical highlights of Aston Martin DB11 include Multiple driver-selectable dynamic modes – GT, Sport and Sport Plus, 8-speed automatic ZF transmission, electric power steering, Torque Vectoring by braking and adaptive damping.

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PostHeaderIcon 2016 Geneva International Motor Show – Best In Show

You know, if you take a long, hard look at auto journalism, there are a few words that seem to pop up a little too often. One good example is the word “epic,” which, in my opinion, should be reserved for life’s most dramatic, mind-blowing moments. That said, last week was the Geneva International Motor Show, and I feel quite confident in labeling it the most epic show of the year. Granted, we’re only a week or so into March, but honestly, I’m not sure how the rest of 2016 will be able to top what we saw in Geneva.

Of course, with over 100 debuts on the schedule and just about every marque under the sun in attendance, odds were high that Geneva would bring the good stuff. Nevertheless, this year’s event in Switzerland went above and beyond, showcasing the next evolution, as it were, when it comes to bleeding-edge technology and face-melting speed.

So then – to the task at hand. It is with great pleasure that I present to you the top five debuts from the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Promo Will Melt Your Heart

Aston Martin DB11 Promo

So as the dust starts to gradually set on the Geneva Motor Show and all the amazing cars it brought us, it’s time to kick back and take a closer look at the most important debuts. And we begin with the Aston Martin DB11 – quite possibly the sexiest car to be launched this year – shown off in action in this first promotional video.

Aston Martin DB11 is one of those rare cars that just cannot be faulted in terms of design. We don’t know how they do it, but Aston designers seem to have a magical ability in creating flawless looks for the firm’s GT cars. We wish we could say the same about their four-door cars, but anyway, what they’ve achieved with the DB11 is nothing short of spectacular.

In case you have already forgotten, Aston Martin DB11 comes with a new 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine developing 600 horsepower, good for a top speed of 200mph and a 0-62mph time of just 3.9 seconds. The car also boasts an 8-speed automatic ZF transmission together with the new electric power steering and Torque Vectoring by braking while increasing the firmness of the adaptive damping for a greater sense of agility. In plain English that means the DB11 is as good to drive as it is to look at.

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PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin DB11 Volante Rendering Emerges

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

After giving us an early look at the drop-top version of the new Bugatti Chiron, Designer X-Tomi has now taken the roof off the second hottest car of this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The Aston Martin DB11 Volante shown here is pretty much what the real thing will look like when it arrives next year.

So if you are totally smitten with the DB11 Coupe, and who can blame you, you should hold on a bit and wait for the Volante before placing an order. Traditionally, Cabriolet version of any coupe Aston is a lot sexier, even though the only difference is the lack or a solid roof. Aston Martin DB11 Volante is no exception, although we have to admit this isn’t a particularly brilliant angel you’re looking at here.

Speaking of tradition, another trait we’ve been seeing with open-top Astons this past few years is the convertible is usually not as good to drive as the hardtop. That certainly was the case with the DB9 Volante when it was first launched. That said, it’s not something that actively bugs you unless you are the kind of person who tracks their open-top cruiser. Otherwise, the convertible is a much better choice, mainly because of the looks, but also because it comes with ninety-million miles of sky as standard.

Rendering by X-Tomi Design

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End Date: Friday Nov-24-2017 13:09:03 PST
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$10,188.00 (27 Bids)
End Date: Thursday Nov-23-2017 16:15:00 PST
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$60,300.00 (33 Bids)
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$37,480.00
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$14,201.01 (13 Bids)
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2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium 2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium 20800 Miles Black 2D Coupe 5.0L V8 Ti-VCT 6-Speed A
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1951 Chevrolet Other Pickups Deluxe 1951 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup truck, Patina Deluxe Cab Original Survivor
$10,300.00 (28 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-22-2017 9:19:33 PST
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2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 Convertible 2-Door 2014 CHEVY CORVETTE STINGRAY Z51 CONVERTIBLE AUTO 8K MI #119209 Texas Direct
$44,230.00
End Date: Saturday Nov-25-2017 12:30:00 PST
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$16,000.00
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 16:30:00 PST
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$8,500.00
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$22,600.00 (37 Bids)
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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Coupe 2-Door 2017 CHEVY CORVETTE GRAND SPORT 2LT RED LEATHER NAV 1K #101720 Texas Direct Auto
$43,100.00 (111 Bids)
End Date: Wednesday Nov-22-2017 14:32:37 PST
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1967 Chevrolet C-10 HORT BOX RESTORED V8 MANUAL PS PB DISC HOT ROD 71 72 stepside STREET ROD 69
$5,000.00 (1 Bid)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 16:02:01 PST
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1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible 1967 Marina Blue 427 Convertible
$50,100.67 (5 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 18:43:21 PST
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$34,500.00
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$27,900.00
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2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Coupe 2-Door 2016 FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT350 5.2L 6-SPEED TECH NAV 2K #522266 Texas Direct
$5,400.00 (4 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 12:14:27 PST
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1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1969 Camaro RS SS 396 4-Speed Black Frame-Off Restored
$27,600.00 (23 Bids)
End Date: Tuesday Nov-28-2017 14:30:00 PST
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1966 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 1966 Ford Mustang GT Coupe 289 V8 A-code w/ Pony Interior
$13,150.00 (15 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Nov-26-2017 15:38:34 PST
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