When prototypes become mobile billboards: Aston Martin DB11 Volante for 2018

Published: 05 April 2017

► Soft-top Aston Martin DB11
► On sale in spring 2018
► Testing at the Nurburgring

No secrets here: as the decals stuck to the bonnet and doors attest, this is the new Aston Martin DB11 Volante, launching in spring 2018.

The soft-top version of the well-received DB11 is photographed here racking up test miles at the Nurburgring. There are a few angular disguise measures at the rear, but it’s not difficult to divine how it’s going to look.

The motorised fabric roof means it’ll go without the DB11 coupe’s distinctive bisected C-pillar. Judging by the prototype DB11 Volante in these shots, it will feature a similar pop-up spoiler on the bootlid.

What’s under the DB11 Volante's bonnet stickers?

The same 5204cc twin-turbocharged V12 as the coupe, driving the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. In the fixed-head DB11 it develops more than 600bhp, so despite an inevitable increase to the coupe’s 1770kg dry weight, it’s unlikely to be slow.

Aston Martin DB11 Volante

Will it be any good, though?

We’ve been impressed with the DB11 coupe, the first truly new Aston Martin for many years. We placed it ahead of the Porsche 911 Turbo and Mercedes-AMG S63 in a grand tourer group test in our November 2016 issue, ‘with a V12 worthy of your last gallon of superplus, and a chassis that impresses whether you’re stroking it home or gunning it down a favourite road.’

Prices for the DB11 coupe start from around £155k; the more costly-to-manufacture Volante will top that when it goes on sale in 2018.

Click here to watch CAR’s Chris Chilton review the Aston Martin DB11 coupe on video

Spy photos at Nurburgring: Aston Martin DB11 Volante

By James Taylor

CAR's online editor, news-gatherer, fast-lapper, Radical champ