Something For The Weekend – April 2019

Given Spring is now upon us and we’re seeing some good weather, it’s high time to highlight a drop top for the ‘Something for the Weekend’ automotive experience.  In this case, we strongly recommend you consider the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante.  Yes, if you have to ask “how much?” then you can’t afford it – but then so much in life exists in this framework.  We think you’ll be too busy just going “Wow!” to say anything else anyway.

This is the second Aston Martin to carry the Volante name following the introduction of the company’s Second Century Plan. Aston Martin’s primary mission has been to retain the coupe’s powerful dynamics, aggressive poise and astonishing performance. I’m sure you’ll agree, if you get the chance to see or experience one up close, that they’ve nailed it.

Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman said: “DBS Superleggera produces a spectacular and relentless level of performance and so for the Volante, we focussed on bringing that extra level of sensory overload that only an open-top Super GT can deliver inside the cabin. With the unique dynamics, beautiful yet brutish design and the unmistakable harmonics of Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre V12 engine, we believe we have delivered a unique and unforgettable driving experience that is synonymous with the traditions of the Volante name.”

Powered by Aston Martin’s own 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, producing 715BHP 900Nm of torque, and with a top speed of 211mph, the DBS Superleggera Volante boasts ferocious acceleration. While covering 0-62mph in just 3.6 seconds and 0-100mph in 6.7 seconds. Clearly this isn’t a convertible that is just about posing – it clearly offers performance in the realms of ‘very serious indeed’.

900Nm of torque is fed via a carbon-fibre prop shaft to a new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission mounted at the back of the car. Strengthened to cope with the V12’s massive torque output, this transmission also has a shorter final drive for increased responsiveness and in-gear acceleration. Specially developed adaptive software gauges the conditions the car is operating in, along with the driver’s demands, to ensure the car is in exactly the right gear at the right time.

Volante is a name that can only be attributed to convertible cars bearing the iconic Aston Martin wings badge, and thus the defining feature of any Volante is its roof. An advanced fabric system allows for an innovative and beautiful formed flowing roof line. Incorporating eight layers of insulation materials and acoustically enhancing materials, the canopy greatly improves the comfort of the interior cabin for all occupants when up, but allows a true orchestra of sound to pour into the cabin when retracted.

Just shy of £250,000 should net you an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante.  This is a Super GT flagship car from the famous British marque that comes with a super price tag.  That being said, is there much of a cooler way to travel?  We highly doubt it.

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