Aston Martin’s relentless new model rollout shows no sign of letting up, as engineers are busy putting the finishing touches to the new DSB Superleggera Volante.
Caught on camera by Auto Express reader James Blyth, the prototype was spotted close to Aston’s Gaydon HQ on the M40. This is our first sighting of the DBS Volante, which confirms the British brand will continue its tradition of fitting its drop top models with a folding fabric roof.
When the DBS Volante arrives towards the back end of next year it will have no obvious rivals; Ferrari doesn’t offer a convertible version of the 812 Superfast, while development is still under way on the McLaren 720S Spider and Bentley Continental convertible.
The Volante will stick closely to the DNA of the coupe that launched earlier this year; under the bonnet will be Aston’s 716bhp 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine, which will paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
To compensate for the loss of the roof the Volante will require additional body strengthening, that means around 100-120kg of added weight. As a result performance and economy will be affected; expect the Volante’s 0-62mph time to be around the 3.7-second mark – several tenths slower than the coupe.
Following the DBS Superleggera Volante will most likely be a track-focused AMR variant, as Aston Martin bosses look to strengthen the brand’s presence in that area of the market.
Read about our first drive of the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera coupe here…