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The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante has been revealed, kind of, in new images of a “lightly disguised engineering car” released by the company.

Scheduled to launch in “spring 2018”, the DB11 Volante prototype is an all-black convertible version of the recently-launched DB11 coupe. And, despite the fake panels on the rear quarter panels and bootlid, it looks almost production ready.

Like the DB9 Volante that came before it, the DB11 will employ a folding fabric roof, though few other details have been revealed.

We can likely expect the DB11 Volante will be powered by the same 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 as the coupe, which produces 447kW of power and 700Nm of torque.

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With its heavier folding roof mechanism, the DB11 Volante is likely to be slightly off the pace of its coupe sibling – which hits triple figures in 3.9 seconds.

According to a report by the UK’s Autocar, however, a spokesperson from Aston Martin told the publication the company is aiming to match the coupe’s 0-100km/h time.

Other speculation includes a slightly softer suspension setup, along with slight changes to the car’s dynamics – likely to be more focused on comfort as opposed to all-out performance.

The DB11 Volante will be one of several new Aston Martin launches over the next five years, alongside the next-generation V8/V12 Vantage, Vanquish, the all-electric RapidE, the AM RB-001 hypercar and the DBX crossover.

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With the European spring commencing 1 March, expect the DB11 Volante to go on sale after March in 2018. Don’t be surprised to see it revealed sometime in late 2017, though.

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