While Aston Martin readies a bunch of crossovers and EVs, it’s good to know the Birts haven’t forgotten how to have some fun with a V12…
Doubtless the folk over in Gaydon are preoccupied with electric mobility and crossovers, just like everyone else, but before all that dross they’ve somehow found the time to turn out one of the prettiest cars on the market.
His royal highness, the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante, is a stately convertible with the go to match the show, because that sort of name has a lot of living up to do. When you combine three classic tags on one bootlid (the DBS name goes back to 1967; the ‘super light’ Superleggera goes further back to 1958; and the Volante bit is reserved for all the drop-tops), you’d better step up and Gaydon did it with a turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 developing 715 horsepower at 6,500rpm and 900Nm of torque from 1,800rpm.
As you can imagine that makes the latest Aston convertible rather quick – it’ll do zero to 100km/h in 3.6 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 340km/h which makes it the fastest drop-top in the company’s history. The DBS Superleggera Volante scores highly on performance terms, then, even if it doesn’t exactly live up to the lightweight part of the equation with a kerb weight of 1.9 tonnes.
But never mind that, because all that matters is the illusion, and nobody will be holding any grudges against you if you go for the Aston. The optional carbon fibre package treating the bonnet louvres, mirror caps, side louvres, and body details, further embellishes the Superleggera supposition.
Aston Martin’s engineers also claim that the new Aeroblade II system (that’s what they call their invisible rear spoiler) produces nearly as much downforce as the coupe version, with a total of 177kg at top speed which is just three kilos less than the closed car. So the rear end should remain cooperative until you get cocky with the traction control system. Speaking of the rear end, the engineers have introduced a carbon fibre prop shaft to send drive to the rear via an eight-speed automatic transmission, which is mounted at the back to better balance the weight distribution.
Deliveries of the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante will begin later this summer, with prices starting from about AED1.2 million.