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The 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante has been spied during cold weather testing on the snowy roads of Sweden.

Despite being previewed in September by the “lightly-disguised engineering car” that appears to be the same vehicle in the images, the drop-top supercar isn’t scheduled for release until the European spring in 2018.

Spotted alongside a handful of other blacked-out Aston Martins – including a DB11 coupe, a Vantage GT12 and a partially-disguised DB11 prototype (possibly the next-gen Vantage) – the DB11 Volante looks pretty close to production guise.

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Little differentiates the Volante from the coupe – with the obvious exception of the folding fabric roof – along with the fake body panels on the rear third-quarter which suggests the drop-top will have a unique rear to accommodate the folding roof mechanism.

Under the bonnet is almost certain to be the same 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 found in the coupe, which pumps out a meaty 447kW of power and 700Nm of torque.

A report by Autocar earlier this year claimed that Aston is also trying to match the coupe’s 3.9-second 0-100km/h sprint time, despite the extra weight and reduced rigidity that comes with being a convertible.

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The DB11 Volante’s suspension setup is expected to be slightly softer than the coupe’s as well, focusing on comfort as opposed to all-out performance.

With the drop-top DB11 scheduled for release in spring 2018 for Europe (March 2018), expect the first Australian deliveries to arrive in the second half of 2018.

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