Aston’s 715bhp Vanquish successor will be released in drop-top form next year; prototypes are testing in Britain and Germany
Reader Paul Gardner spotted a disguised prototype on the M40 motorway, not far from Aston’s headquarters in Gaydon. The test vehicle looked all but identical to mules seen lapping the Nürburgring earlier this year.
Last week, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer confirmed to Autocar that the Vanquish-succeeding Superleggera would receive a fabric-topped Volante variant.
The DBS Superleggera is Aston’s largest, fastest and most powerful model, and the Volante shouldn’t lose much of that performance. The 715bhp turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 will transfer over unchanged, putting power through the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox mounted in a transaxle layout.
Given the additional weight of a folding roof mechanism and any structural bracing required to maintain the Volante’s chassis rigidity, the coupé’s 0-62mph time of 3.4sec could increase by a couple of tenths. The 211mph top speed may drop, too, either because of decreased aerodynamic efficiency or via an artificial limiter.
We don’t yet know when the DBS Superleggera Volante will make its debut, but as the coupé has only just gone on sale, it won’t be until at least the middle of next year. As the hard-top starts at £225,000, the Volante version is likely to push the £250,000 mark when it arrives in showrooms.