It was in September this year that Aston Martin took the unusual step of previewing its DB11 Volante, trumping all our spy photographers. So it was only natural that they were haunting with a vengeance, every possible place where Gaydon could do development testing of the drop-top supercar. Today, one of them has managed to snap the first photos of the DB11 Volante cold-weather testing in Scandinavia.
It looks like same prototype that Aston showed off earlier, with the same sharp-creased cladding along the rear fenders and the boot lid seen then. If you visualize it sans those camo bits, it doesn’t look much different from the DB11 coupe that came out earlier this year. But naturally, the retractable fabric roof lends it a different side profile to the tin-top variant.
The DB11 Volante is likely to be powered by the same 600bhp, 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 as the coupe, but we’re doubtful of it matching the hardtop’s performance credentials. The DB11 coupe does the 0-100kph sprint in just 3.9 seconds. It’s also been rumoured that the DB11 Volante could get a variant powered by the Mercedes-AMG-made 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.
The suspension set-up is expected to be on the softer side in keeping with the boulevard cruiser image that Aston is aiming for with the car. Apart from expanding its portfolio, the DB11 Volante will also give Aston Martin a car that can prove to be a credible rival to the likes of Bentley’s Continental GTC and the Mercedes-AMG SL 65.
Order books will open early 2018, so there’s a long development process ahead of the launch. As always, we’ll keep you updated with more spy shots and info as and when they emerge.