After months of testing prototypes on public roads and closed tracks, the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante is finally here in its full glory. If this long name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s the open-top version of the gorgeous DBS Superleggera coupe – in our eyes, one of the most beautiful two-door vehicles on sale today.
The new roofless vehicle will become the second Aston Martin in the current century to carry the Volante name and the company’s flagship convertible, combining three iconic nameplates in one moniker. The British automaker’s main goal has been to “retain the coupe’s powerful dynamics, aggressive poise, and astonishing performance.”
Gallery: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante
And, well, they’ve succeeded. The cabriolet has the same striking appearance as the coupe with a massive grille at the front and a wide splitter below it that channels airflow underneath the car to deliver improved downforce and assist cooling by feeding air to the front brakes. In fact, the open-top Aston produces just 6.6 pounds (3 kilograms) less downforce at max speed compared to the coupe variant.
The rear is equally stunning with its large double diffuser allowing air to exit “cleanly” and “neutralize lift as efficiently as possible.” Just behind the passenger compartment, there’s a revised version of Aston Martin’s Aeroblade II system, which now accommodates the Volante’s foldable cloth roof.
Under the hood of this roofless beauty is a 5.2-liter twin-turbo V12 producing 715 horsepower (533 kilowatts) and 664 pound-feet (900 Newton-meters) of torque. Mated to a new eight-speed automatic gearbox from ZF, the motor is capable of accelerating the cabrio from a standstill to 62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) in 3.6 seconds - just 0.2 seconds slower than the coupe. Top speed is 211 mph (340 kph).
“DBS Superleggera produces a spectacular and relentless level of performance and so for the Volante, we focused on bringing that extra level of sensory overload that only an open-top Super GT can deliver inside the cabin,” Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and CCO of Aston Martin, says. “With the unique dynamics, beautiful yet brutish design, and the unmistakable harmonics of Aston Martin’s 5.2-liter V12 engine, we believe we have delivered a unique and unforgettable driving experience that is synonymous with the traditions of the Volante name.”
Deliveries are scheduled to begin during the third quarter of the year. The brand is already accepting orders for the convertible with prices starting at $329,100 (MSRP including Gas Guzzler Tax).
Source: Aston Martin
24 April, Gaydon: Aston Martin has opened the roof on its ultimate open-top driving
experience; the new DBS Superleggera Volante. Combining three iconic nameplates in one
flagship model, the new DBS Superleggera Volante delivers all the evocative talent of the
British marque’s critically-acclaimed Super GT flagship – the magnificent DBS Superleggera
– and blends it with class-leading convertible technology.
The second Aston Martin to carry the Volante name following the introduction of the
company’s Second Century Plan, DBS Superleggera Volante has been designed in-house
under the guidance of Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman.
With the aim to create the most beautiful flagship Volante on the market, Aston Martin’s
primary mission has also been to retain the coupe’s powerful dynamics, aggressive poise
and astonishing performance.
Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said: “DBS
Superleggera produces a spectacular and relentless level of performance and so for the
Volante, we focussed on bringing that extra level of sensory overload that only an open-top
Super GT can deliver inside the cabin. 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.”
Powered by Aston Martin’s own 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, producing 715BHP 900Nm of
torque, and with a top speed of 211mph, the DBS Superleggera Volante boasts ferocious
acceleration. While covering 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and 0-100mph in 6.7 seconds.
DBS Superleggera Volante continues the aerodynamic masterpiece of the coupe model,
commanding and exploiting the surface airflow to maximum effect. At the front, the car’s
splitter and airdam work in unison, accelerating airflow underneath the front of the car to
deliver true downforce and assist cooling by feeding air to the front brakes. The new deeper
side strake draws more air from the front wheel arch to reduce lift and aid high-speed
Behind the front wheels, the ‘curlicue’ allows air to escape and flow smoothly along the car’s
flanks, while the double diffuser at the rear allows air to exit cleanly and neutralise lift as
efficiently as possible. A revised iteration - to accommodate the Volante’s clothed roofline -
of the revolutionary Aeroblade ll system continues to deliver additional downforce at the
car’s rear. At VMAX, DBS Superleggera Volante produces 177kg of downforce, just 3kg less
than the coupe, an impressive feat when considering the car’s fundamental aerodynamic
Each dynamic driving mode brings its own level of noise too, feeding the level of emotional
character and connection. In GT mode, the engine note simmers, but select Sport or Sport
Plus and the acoustics become progressively more intense. Conversely, when you wish to
be discreet, ‘quiet start’ offers a low-key alternative to DBS Superleggera Volante’s
otherwise rousing flare of revs on start-up.
900Nm of torque is fed via a carbon-fibre prop shaft to a new ZF 8-speed automatic
transmission mounted at the back of the car. Strengthened to cope with the V12’s massive
torque output, this transmission also has a shorter final drive for increased responsiveness
and in-gear acceleration. Specially developed adaptive software gauges the conditions the
car is operating in, along with the driver’s demands, to ensure the car is in exactly the right
gear at the right time.
Volante is a name that can only be attributed to convertible cars bearing the iconic Aston
Martin wings badge, and thus the defining feature of any Volante is its roof. An advanced
fabric system allows for an innovative and beautiful formed flowing roof line. Incorporating
eight layers of insulation materials and acoustically enhancing materials, the canopy greatly
improves the comfort of the interior cabin for all occupants when up, but allows a true
orchestra of sound to pour into the cabin when retracted.
The authentic soundtrack delivered by the car’s powertrain is a critical hallmark of the
Volante experience and typically, the DBS Superleggera Volante has been tuned to provide
incredible sound quality synonymous with an Aston Martin Super GT. Equipped with a quad
exhaust system DBS Superleggera Volante delivers a pure, harmonic and authentic voice,
unmatched by its rivals.
Aston Martin’s engineers have worked hard to ensure the best possible roof and rear
package is achieved, while still delivering conflicting targets of styling and durability. With a
class-leading stack height of 260mm for the car’s folded roof, DBS Superleggera Volante
maintains a smooth seamless rear profile and maximised luggage capacity. Roof operation
takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close and can be operated from inside or, for
added convenience, from the remote key within a two-metre radius of the car.
Exposed to conditions as extreme as the heat of Death Valley and the extremities of the
Arctic Circle during development, the roof mechanism has been put through more than
100,000 cycles. Simulating 10 years of usage into a one-month test, the functional capability
of the roof mechanism has been thoroughly tested.
Continuing Aston Martin’s persistence for offering extensive levels of customisation, DBS
Superleggera Volante’s hood is available in eight distinct colours including Bordeaux Red,
Atlantic Blue and Titan Grey. The hood can be further personalised on the inside, with a
further six Rokona headliners. For the first time on an Aston Martin Volante model, the
window screen surround is available with a 2x2 twill carbon fibre finish, with the option to
continue that theme to the car’s tonneau cover and rear waterfall. Large pieces of finely-
woven carbon fibre pieces replace what was once swathed in leather and for the most
exclusive specifications, tinted carbon fibre is also available for selection.
Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the DBS
Superleggera Volante: “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. This is truly a testament to the no compromise
approach of our engineers and designers, to deliver the two key aspects of a convertible
Super GT. Exceptional performance in an irresistible form, DBS Superleggera has justifiably
won the hearts and minds of Super GT lovers the world over, and the Volante takes this
concept to the next level”.
DBS Superleggera Volante is priced at £247,500 (RRP inc Tax)* in the UK, €295,500 (RRP
in Tax)* in Germany and $329,100 (MSRP inc. Gas Guzzler Tax)* in the US. Deliveries are
set to begin from Q3 2019.