Aston Martin’s replacement for the DB9, the DB11, is currently on sale, though only in coupe form. Lovers of open-air driving can look forward to a convertible version, which Aston Martin calls a Volante, coming in the spring of 2018.
We were given an early look at a DB11 Volante prototype in the fall. Now we’ve spotted it undergoing cold-weather testing in the northern parts of Sweden.
Aston Martin is sticking with a soft-top roof. This option tends to take up less room when folded compared to a retractable hard-top, thus allowing the designers to preserve the slinky silhouette of the coupe. Soft-tops also tend to be lighter.
2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante spy shots – Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Other than the roof and perhaps some structural reinforcements, the DB11 Volante should be virtually identical to the coupe. That means aluminum and carbon fiber construction plus a beautiful though relatively simple interior.
The standard powertrain will be Aston Martin’s twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12, good for 600 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. We say “standard” powertrain as by the time the car is on sale the DB11 might be offering an entry-level V-8 option. DB11 prototypes running a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG have also been spotted.
Look for a debut of the DB11 Volante in late 2017 or early the following year. Pricing should start slightly higher than the coupe’s $ 211,995 sticker.