Aston Martin said a drop-top version of the DBS Superleggera was coming, and here it is. Spy photographers caught this beauty testing in Germany on a rainy day. Unfortunately, this meant the model kept its top on the entire time.
Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said making the DBS Superleggera Volante was a "no-brainer." In a conversation with Autocar, he said Aston's customer base has grown and demand has opened up for new vehicle variants.
The drop-top should pack the same 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine as the DBS Superleggera coupe. This engine, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, makes 715 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. Although we have yet to run a DBS Superleggera coupe through our testing regimen, Aston Martin claims it takes 3.4 seconds to hit 62 mph. Figure the convertible version will be about the same, if not a tenth or so slower.
"Dynamically, the DBS rocks. What a wonderfully sorted front end," we wrote in our First Drive of the DBS Superleggera coupe. "The steering is beautifully weighted, neutral, and imbued with great-for-a-modern-car feedback." One of the few complaints we had was its price, which starts at just over $308,000. The convertible is likely to exceed this amount when it goes to market.
Aston Martin also confirmed it will build a high-performance AMR version of the DBS Superleggera. Presumably, this model will receive a sport-tuned suspension and more power. Palmer said it could also enhance torque over the original model.
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