Aston Martin has offered the first official look at the 2018 DB11 in convertible guise - though the British supercar firm isn’t giving away all its trade secrets just yet.
Described as a “lightly disguised engineering car” the teaser images show what looks like a very production-ready form, with a few bulky camouflage panels obscuring the rear quarter panels and boot lid of the DB11 Volante.
Those hidden panels are more important than you might first think however. The coupe’s rear pillar design is used to channel air over the rear spoiler, so the Volante will need to replicate the same effect in a roofless design.
Under the bonnet the DB11 Volante will pack the same 447kW/700Nm 5.2 litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine as the coupe, though, despite the structural enhancements and additional roof mechanism, the convertible is expected to be only slightly heavier.
While the standard DB11 coupe can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, the Volante shouldn’t push beyond 4.0 seconds for the same speed, though official confirmation is still to be made.
Rumour suggests that, given the slightly different buyer demographic, the Volante will run a slightly softer suspension tune, to make it a more comfort-biased tourer compared with the coupe.
There’s still plenty of time to pass before the DB11 Volante’s production debut, which is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018. We expect, however, that Aston Martin will be more than happy to release more images and info during that time.
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