Aston Martin reveals the 211mph DBS Superleggera Volante – its fastest convertible ever

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.

Aston Martin's fastest convertible of all time: This is the new DBS Superleggera Volante - the quickest drop-top model the iconic British brand has ever produced for the road It takes 14 seconds to open the roof and can be operated from inside the vehicle or by using the remote key within a two-metre radius of the car Design bosses at the Aston Martin described the car as 'beautiful yet brutish' The convertible roof folds down and compresses to a class-leading ¿stack-height¿ of 260mm ¿ just over 10 inches - to maintain a smooth seamless rear profile The window screen surround is available with a carbon fibre finish that looks incredible in the flesh While it's packed with plenty of witchcraft - such as a new super-intelligent automatic gearbox - the body is as finely sculpted as a supermodel Roof up or down, the DBS Superleggera Volante is without doubt one of the most stunning convertibles seen for some time While it might be called the Superleggera - Italian for super light - the DBS Volante is 170kg heavier than the coupe It will cost from £247,500 - £22,500 more than the coupe - and is powered by a mighty 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine delivering 715bhp 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 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

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.’

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