Aston Martin has unleashed its fastest ever convertible – the stunning new flagship 211mph DBS Superleggera Volante.
Costing from £247,500, the sumptuous drop-top super grand tourer – which bosses say blends both both beauty and beast – is powered by a mighty 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine delivering 715bhp – equivalent to seven Ford Fiestas.
This propels the svelte soft-top from rest to 62mph in just 3.6 seconds and up to 100mph in 6.7 seconds – only fractions of a second slower than the ferociously quick hard-top coupe (3.4 and 6.4 seconds respectively) whose 211mph top speed it actually matches.
But there’s a price to pay for the wind-in-the-hair experience – the Volante is a £22,500 mark up on the coupe.
The 0-62mph time is just 3.6 seconds and 0-100mph is 6.7 seconds – only fractions of a second slower than the ferociously quick hard-top coupe whose 211mph top speed it matches
But despite its name Superleggera – which is Italian for ‘super lightweight’ – at 1863kg it does weigh 170kg more than the coupe, with lower fuel economy of 20.1mpg compared to 22.9mpg for the coupe.
Riding on 21-inch wheels, the car’s quad exhaust system changes its soundtrack according to the driving mode selected, says the firm: ‘In GT mode, the engine note simmers, but select Sport or Sport Plus and the acoustics become progressively more intense.’
But if you don’t want to wake the neighbours if you set off at dawn, you can choose the more discreet, ‘quiet start’ which eliminates the usual rousing flare of revs on start-up.
Aston Martin Lagonda president and group chief executive officer Dr Andy Palmer said engineers and designers behind the Volante had delivered ‘exceptional performance in an irresistible form’ adding: ‘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.’