The DBS Superleggera Volante Is Aston Martin’s Fastest Convertible Ever

Joanna Estrada
April 26, 2019

Aston Martin has squeezed eight layers of insulation and acoustic material into the car's roof, which can be lowered in 14 seconds and raised in 16. It is also the fastest convertible the brand has made till date, as it can achieve the same 340kph top speed as its hard-top sibling.

Unsurprisingly, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante is nearly identical in design to the coupé version - except for its open top.

"There is nothing on earth that compares to the roar of an Aston Martin V12 and I believe that the DBS Superleggera Volante provides one of the greatest sensory experiences in the automotive world". Further a choice of six Rokona headliners has been provided. The top itself is available in no less than eight colours, and a carbon fibre finish is available for the windshield frame and tonneau cover.

Roof aside, there have been subtle bodywork changes to extract maximum downforce. Up front, the car's splitter and airdam work in unison, accelerating airflow underneath the front of the vehicle to deliver true downforce and assist cooling by feeding air to the front brakes. The front spoiler and air dam work together with side strakes that are deeper than the coupe's, along with a double rear diffuser dubbed "Aeroblade II".

The DBS Superleggera Volante produces 390 pounds of downforce at max speed, only about 6 pounds less than the coupe. The resultant performance specs are particularly impressive: a sprint to 62 miles per hour takes 3.6 seconds, and in 6.7 seconds the DBS Superleggera has already reached 100 miles per hour. At 1,863 kg (50:50 distribution), the Volante is 170 kg heavier than the DBS Superleggera, and 0-100 km/h is two tenths slower at 3.6 seconds. It's exactly what you'd expect - take the DBS Superleggera, keep its twin-tubrocharged 5.2-liter V12 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, ditch its hardtop in favor of a folding convertible mechanism, add a drop of sunshine and a copious extra dose of wailing exhaust note, stir and enjoy.

Each dynamic driving mode brings its own level of noise. The DBS Superleggera Volante has been designed in-house under the guidance of Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman.

As you can imagine, the DBS Superleggera Volante is an expensive proposition: $329,100 in the United States, including the federal gas-guzzler tax.

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