The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is already one of the fastest front-engine GT cars on the market today, offering a thunderous soundertrack, dynamic handling and drop-dead gorgeous looks; the question here is how does Aston’s flagship responds to having its roof chopped off?
Carfection took the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante to a beautiful winding road in Spain to find out.
Equipped with a twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12 with 715hp (725PS) and 664lb-ft (900Nm) of torque, the topless DBS Superleggera is still a proper beast. 0-62mph (100km/h) comes in 3.6 seconds while 0-100mph (160km/h) in 6.7. Give it enough room and it will reach 211mph (340km/h). With the roof tucked in.
Chopping the roof off the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera certainly came with a weight penalty; despite the ‘Superleggera’ name, Aston’s latest Volante model tips the scales at 1863kg (4,107lbs) dry.
Thanks to its enormous power and its supermodel looks, it’s easy to somehow forget its weight; after all, there isn’t a direct rival for the DBS Volante in the market, not until Ferrari decides to offer a topless 812 Superfast.
Aston also had to retune slightly the rear suspension to compensate for the revised weight balance. The chassis rigidity naturally took a hit compared to the Coupe version. According to Henry Catchpole however, Aston’s open-top flagship still drives with precision and confidence.
Add to that the gloriously angry V12 soundtrack that now enters the cabin unfiltered, and the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante is one of the most fun cars to drive on the road. Just be careful with the throttle, because 664lb-ft of torque will always demand respect.