This is the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante, the convertible version of the RM2.88 million hardtop DBS Superleggera that we saw in Malaysia last month. A beautiful drop top version of AM’s flagship coupe – what’s not to like?

“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,” said executive VP and chief creative officer Marek Reichman.

Let’s start with a Volante’s defining feature: the roof. Incorporating eight layers of insulation materials and acoustically enhancing materials, the fabric top 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, Aston says.

With a class-leading stack height of 260 mm for the car’s folded roof, the Volante maintains a smooth rear profile and maximised luggage capacity. The roof takes 14 seconds to open and 16 seconds to close, and can be operated from inside or from the key fob within a two-metre radius.

We rarely come across convertible roof durability claims, but Aston says that the soft top here was exposed to conditions as extreme as the heat of Death Valley and the extremities of the Arctic Circle during development; and the roof mechanism has been put through more than 100,000 cycles, simulating 10 years of usage into a one-month test.

The hood is available in eight colours including Bordeaux Red, Atlantic Blue and Titan Grey. It can be further personalised on the inside with six Rokona headliners. For the first time on an AM Volante model, the window screen surround is available with a 2×2 twill carbon fibre finish, with the option to continue that theme to the car’s tonneau cover and rear waterfall. Tinted CF is also possible.

Roof aside, there have been subtle bodywork changes to extract maximum downforce. At the front, the car’s splitter and airdam work in unison, accelerating airflow underneath the front of the car to deliver downforce and assist cooling by feeding air to the front brakes. The new deeper side strake draws more air from the front wheel arch to reduce lift and aid stability.

Behind the front wheels, the “curlicue” allows air to escape and flow smoothly along the car’s flanks, while the double diffuser at the rear allows air to exit cleanly and neutralise lift as efficiently as possible. A revised iteration of the Aeroblade ll system, to accommodate the Volante’s clothed roofline, continues to deliver additional downforce at the car’s rear.

Aston says that at max speed, the DBS Superleggera Volante produces 177 kg of downforce, just three kg less than the coupe.

Powered is by Aston Martin’s own 5.2 litre twin-turbo V12 with 715 hp and 900 Nm of torque, which is fed via a carbon-fibre prop shaft to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission mounted at the rear of the car. At 1,863 kg (50:50 distribution), the Volante is 170 kg heavier than the DBS Superleggera, and 0-100 km/h is two tenths slower at 3.6 seconds. 0-100 mph (0-160 km/h) is done in 6.7 seconds, 0.3s slower than the coupe. Top speed is 340 km/h.

Each dynamic driving mode brings its own level of noise. In GT mode, the engine note simmers, but select Sport or Sport Plus and the acoustics become progressively more intense. Conversely, when you wish to be discreet, a “quiet start” offers a low-key alternative to DBS Superleggera Volante’s flare of revs on start-up.

Equipped with a quad exhaust system, the DBS Superleggera Volante delivers a “pure, harmonic and authentic voice, unmatched by its rivals,” Aston Martin claims.


GALLERY: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera in Malaysia