Drop-top Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante unveiled

This is the new drop-top Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante. Ees preety caar, as the mafioso in The Italian Job might say.

Indeed, the styling is extremely well-resolved for a convertible version of a coupe. The rear ends of such cars tend to be rather awkward. But Aston expended considerable effort developing a roof that would fold into as small a package as possible so that the bodywork wouldn’t need drawing around it.

The net result is a rear view that, we think, looks rather better than that of the coupe. Even with the roof up.

The roof is a quick mover, too, opening in just 14 seconds and closing in 16 seconds. It can be operated from the key fob up to two metres away, as well. There’s a choice of eight colours for the outside and six for the headlining. There’s also many layers of insulation to keep the interior nice and snug in the winter.

But convertibles are all about driving with the roof down, under a thousand miles of sky and luxuriating in the “true orchestra of sound,” as Aston puts it, that the engine serves up.

That engine is unchanged from the DBS Superleggera coupe – a 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 producing a whopping 715bhp and 664lb/ft of torque, connected to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and rear-wheel-drive. The 0-62mph sprint takes a mere 3.6 seconds (0.2 seconds slower than the coupe) and the top speed remains 211mph. Which makes the DBS Superleggera Volante one of the fastest drop-tops on the planet.

To make sure the handling doesn’t get squirrely at such huge speeds, Aston paid close attention to the aerodynamics, particularly over the rear of the car – always a problem area in convertibles. The net result is that the Volante loses just three kilos of downforce to the coupe at top speed.

In what Aston claims is a first on a convertible, the windscreen surround can be finished in carbonfibre, as can the rear tonneau cover and “waterfall” that divides the vestigial rear seats.

Price? £247,500. Before you start digging into the near-endless options list. We’ll take ours in green with tan leather.

What do you think?

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