Have you ever felt an overwhelming desire to be thrown down a canyon while humming classical music, wearing a tailored suit, and kicking the crap out of someone you don’t like? Well then–you’ve just imagined what driving the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante is like.

(Full Disclosure: Aston Martin invited me to make noise and sensible choices in the new DBS Volante in Spain. I was flown out, fed, watered, and given some lovely pictures so I didn’t die and you could see what the car looks like in situ.)

Aston’s new flagship droptop is pitched as the car to go for if you want to look your very best at very high speed, yet also as something you can use on the day to day. It somehow manages to slip back and forth between an intense adrenaline hit and almost trouble-free daily driver with utmost ease.


What Is It?

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante is an elite sport-luxury convertible for people who have lots of money and like to be seen driving, at speed, from A to B. “A” being their mansion in the country, and “B” being their beachside villa. It’s excess, showmanship, and drama all folded in to a sizeable package. Show and go all at the same time.

Specs That Matter

Under the hood is a 715-horsepower, 664 lb-ft 5.2 liter twin turbo V12 that, according to Aston Martin, will get you from 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds. They say it’ll do 0-100 mph in 6.7. Top speed is pegged at 211 mph, though on the launch event Aston’s Matt Becker revealed the car managed 215 mph during testing.

Its power is fired to the rear wheels via an eight-speed ZF auto ’box. Its hood takes 16 seconds to open and 14 to close, and can be operated from the key within a 6.6 foot radius. A nice bit of drama for the walk up to your ride, I’m sure you’ll agree.



As for consumption Aston reckons it’ll get through 17 mpg in varied driving. Which, for an engine displacing this much literage, isn’t bad..?

What’s Great

At no point during my time in the Volante was I every anywhere approaching “uncomfortable.” OK, when you set the springs to maximum attack it gets bumpy, but never actively uncomfortable. This goes not just for your arse, but your ears as well. Roof up or down, you can quite comfortably have a conversation with your passenger at highway speeds with no trouble at all. It’s every inch a Grand Tourer.

Do you like speed? And noise? You do?! GREAT! Because when you pin it you get both of those things to a vast degree. The speedo adds numbers at a frankly alarming pace. Though you won’t be able to look down at that because you’ll be concentrating on the g-force pushing your body to the seat. Its V12 bellows wonderfully while you do so. As party pieces go, it’s a good one.


On the looks front Aston’s still got it. I’d suggest it’s not as elegant as those that preceded it, but you’ve got to admit that all the way from the massive grille to its hips the DBS has got the image thing nailed. Unmistakably an Aston Martin, yet one that looks as though it’d smile while it guts you. A perfect smile though, not a pearly white out of place.