Sun’s out, top down in the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante V12

There is no denying that the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is a work of art and what better way to enjoy the car than folding the roof away for the ultimate open-top driving experience.

Introducing the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante, the second model to carry the Volante name under the company’s Second Century Plan. Powered by a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 producing 725 hp and 900 Nm paired to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.

With the additional weight from the folding roof mechanism, century sprint is slightly down compared to the Coupe at 3.6 seconds – which is still plenty fast. Nought to 160 km/h (100 mph) is dispatched in 6.7 seconds while its top speed of 340 km/h is identical to the Coupe.

To counterbalance the aerodynamics of the Volante, Aston Martin has introduced new deeper side strakes to draw more air from the front wheel arch to reduce lift and improve high-speed stability. The Aeroblade II system has been revised to accommodate the Volante’s soft top roofline and as a result, the Volante generates 177 kgs of downforce at V-Max, just 3 kgs lesser than the Coupe.

The fabric roof takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close and have been put through more than 100,000 operating cycles, simulating 10 years of usage into a one-month test to ensure that the roof mechanism can stand the test of time.

Eight stunning colours are available for the Volante’s roof including Bordeaux Red, Atlantic Blue and Titan Grey while the inside can be personalised with a further six Rokona headliners. There is also an option to have the windscreen surrounds to be finished in a 2×2 twill carbon fibre.

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.”


Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante


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