Aston Martin really has its work cut out for the auto maker. When you have iconic vehicles like the Vanquish S Volante, how do you go about replacing it? Evidently by reviving a name that has been strikingly absent for the last six years—the DBS Superleggera.
The new cabriolet has the same looks as the coupe, but adds in a canvas top available in eight different colours as well as a more luxurious interior, new tech, and a more powerful drivetrain. For most stats, the DBS Volante is a DB11 Volante with a few added features. It maintains the eight-inch infotainment display. It also has a multi-function steering wheel.
The 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster is an update over the DB11. The DBS Volante is covered head to tail in Alcantara leather and carbon-fibre inlays, and can be customised in the trim inlays.
The DBS Volante has the same twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 engine from the DB11, though it was amped up a bit to put out 715 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque—that’s an extra 123 horsepower and 199 lb-ft compared to the Vanquish, and 115 more horsepower and 148 more lb-ft compared to the DB11 Volante. The DBS Volante also uses a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission for rear-wheel drive.
The DBS can hit 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in just 3.4 seconds, and hits a top speed of 211 miles per hour. All that power actually comes with an improvement in gas mileage as well—22.9 miles per gallon.