The Aston Martin DB11 is ready to drop its top for the 2018 model year, and the British brand is teasing the convertible online.

Interest for the new Aston Martin DB11 is reportedly off to a strong start with over 1,400 orders within a week of the model's debut, and the British brand is now turning its attention to the first variant of the sports car – the Volante convertible. In these teaser images of the droptop’s back side, the vehicle looks ready to hit showrooms immediately, but Aston claims there’s still development to do. The company doesn’t plan to put the open-roof version on sale until spring 2018. In the meantime, these shots of the vehicle’s rear provide a great preview of what to expect.

The resculpted rear maintains the complex shape from the coupe, but it appears flatter because of a revised panel around the fenders at this point. Rather than accentuating the model’s hips with a curve, the piece now has a sharp downward angle. However, this section probably isn’t the final design, and there’s still over a year of development ahead.

There’s also a new lip at the back, which is likely the panel that opens for stowing the roof. Even with the top up, the model still has a sleek silhouette, too.

We don’t expect Aston Martin to change the front’s styling for the Volante, and the biturbo 5.2-liter V12 should remain an option under the hood, too. The mill produces 600 horsepower (447 kilowatts) and 516 pound-feet (700 newton meters) pound-feet of torque. The ability to open the roof should only slow down the convertible a few ticks compared to the coupe’s sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in 3.9 seconds and top speed of 200 mph (322 kph). A spy video suggests Mercedes-Benz’s 4.0-liter biturbo V8 could be available, too. In the Mercedes-AMG GT R, the engine is good for 577 hp (430 kW) and 516 lb-ft (699 Nm) of torque, but Aston might tune the powerplant a little lower to avoid competition against the 12-cylinder.

Source: Aston Martin

Gallery: 2018 Aston Martin DB11 Volante