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AN IN­EVITABLE model re­veal per­haps, but a beau­ti­ful one none­the­less. As­ton Martin has dropped the top on its DB11 grand tourer, fi­nally re­plac­ing the long-serv­ing DB9 Volante. What’s per­haps sur­pris­ing is that As­ton has cho­sen to re­lease the DB11 Volante in V8 guise first, with the V12 be­ing re­served for the hard­top – for the time be­ing at least. The 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, sourced from AMG, pro­duces 375kW/675Nm but is linked to a tra­di­tional eight-speed au­to­matic rather than the sev­en­speed MCT wet-clutch auto tra­di­tion­ally used by Mercedes’ hot rods. The 0-100km/h sprint takes 4.1sec, while top speed is 300km/h neat. Lo­cal de­liv­er­ies will be­gin mid-2018, with pric­ing to be an­nounced closer to the date. Don’t ex­pect much change from $400,000.

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