Aston Martin has revealed a new convertible version of the DBS Superleggera grand tourer. Arriving in the UK at the end of the summer, the Volante is set to carry a £247,500 price tag.
As with the coupe, the DBS Volante’s 5.2-litre V12 engine produces a whopping 715bhp and takes the car to 211mph. That’s enough to make the newbie Aston Martin’s fastest convertible ever. But even so, it won’t accelerate as quickly as its hard-top brethren. The sprint to 62mph takes two tenths longer, at 3.6 seconds, and 0-100mph takes 0.3 seconds longer, at 6.7 seconds.
But Aston Martin claims the DBS Volante is all about mixing performance and aesthetics with the drama of an open-top sports car. To that end, the DBS features four huge exhaust pipes and an aerodynamic package that provides a massive 177kg of downforce at top speed.
Inside, the cabin is largely similar to that of the coupe, with posh leather, a squared-off steering wheel and carbon-fibre trim. When the roof is raised – an electronic process that takes 16 seconds – insulation is designed to give it as quiet a cabin as a coupe, while customisable trim adds the personal touch.
Aston’s executive vice-president and chief creative officer, Marek Reichman, said: “The DBS Superleggera produces a spectacular and relentless level of performance. So for the Volante, we focussed on bringing the sensory overload that only an open-top super-GT can deliver. With the unique dynamics, beautiful yet brutish design and the unmistakable harmonics of Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre V12 engine, we believe we have delivered a unique and unforgettable driving experience that is synonymous with the traditions of the Volante name.”