Though based on the glorious DBS V12, the flagship DBS Superleggera Coupé, released in 2018, is even more dramatic in both lines and performance. Now it’s joined by a convertible stablemate, the DBS Superleggera Volante. Open-top motoring doesn’t get any more thrilling than this.
Both the front and rear brakes feature ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs, of 410mm and 360mm diameter respectively. Among the many dynamic safety systems are Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Positive Torque Control (PTC) and Dynamic Torque Vectoring (DTV).
The DBS Superleggera Volante’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 produces 715bhp and 900Nm of torque, rocketing the Aston from 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and onto a remarkable 211mph. 0-100 miles an hour takes 6.7 seconds. For optimum balance, the eight-speed ZF transmission is mounted at the rear via a carbon-fibre propshaft and transaxle. Adaptive software gauges the conditions, along with the driver’s demands, to ensure the car is in exactly the right gear at the right time.
One of the joys of open top motoring is the aural experience of a powerful high-performance engine and the engineers at Gaydon have given the DBS Superleggera Volante a glorious-sounding quad exhaust system. Thoughtfully, there’s also a ‘quiet start’ mode for those whose neighbours don’t appreciate the sound of a thoroughbred Aston Martin clearing its throat in the early morning. The driver has a choice of GT, Sport and Sport Plus modes, giving the DBS Superleggera Volante a progressively more aggressive feel, with an appropriate exhaust soundtrack to match.
The DBS Superleggera Volante is another stunning piece of automotive design from Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and his team. The distinctive Aston Martin grille has taken on an even more predatory air, all the better to gulp down vast quantities of cooling air for the potent 5.2-litre turbocharged V8 under the carbon-fibre clamshell bonnet, and it is flanked by a pair of inlets designed to improve airflow over the brakes and around the front wheels. As with the Coupé, the Volante features a ‘curlicue’ behind the front wheel arch that allows air to escape and flow smoothly along the car’s flanks. A double diffuser at the rear allows air to exit cleanly and neutralise lift as efficiently as possible. Aston Martin’s distinctive ‘Airblade’ rear spoiler has had to be repositioned relative to the Coupé, yet the net effect is that the Volante develops 177kg of downforce, just 3kg less than the Coupé.
Inside, cossetted by Aston Martin’s finest hand-craftsmanship, the driver and passenger enjoy state of the art TFT screens; one 12" unit provides the instrumentation and there’s a second 8" display for infotainment, including satellite navigation. Infotainment can be controlled by gesture, voice, or letter recognition via the touchpad. The roof has eight layers for year-round usability and sound insulation and takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close. It can be operated from inside or remotely within a two-metre radius of the car. When folded, the roof’s low stack height of 260mm gives the rear a seamless profile. The DBS Superleggera Volante is a flagship convertible that looks equally sensational with the hood up or down.
Aston Martin made it their aim to retain the coupe’s powerful dynamics, aggressive poise and astonishing performance, yet add the sensory dimension that only a convertible can provide. Mission accomplished; the DBS Superleggera Volante is the fastest convertible in Aston Martin history, as jaw-droppingly beautiful as it is thrilling to drive.
|Vehicle length||4705 mm|
|Vehicle width||2145 mm|
|Vehicle height||1280 mm|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1845 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||V12 Twin Turbo|
|Engine Capacity||5.2 litre|
|Max Torque||900 Nm|
|Top Speed||211 mph / 339.6 kph|
|Acceleration||0-60 mph / 3.4 seconds|