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You might recognise the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante’s basic form because, although the famous British brand counts this as a bespoke model, it is in fact heavily based on the DB11. There’s a hard-top (coupe) version that you can read about by clicking here; in this review we’re focusing on the convertible (or Volante in Aston speak).
There are more than just a few tweaks to justify the big price hike over the regular DB11 Volante, though. For a start, the DBS has a wider stance, which is designed to improve stability and gives greater road presence. The DBS is lighter than the regular DB11 Volante, too. How? Well, instead of the DB11’s aluminium bodywork, it uses mostly lighter carbonfibre cladding to improve everything from its handling to its performance.
Speaking of which, its 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 petrol engine is also from the DB11, but with the wick turned up considerably. Yep, this mighty drop-top pumps out a scarcely believable 715bhp – almost twice as much as a basic Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
All this power is channelled to the rear wheels only, through a rear-mounted, eight-speed automatic gearbox that has been beefed up to handle the mutinous 664 lb ft of torque. But is this an overpriced, overpowered toy? Or is it worth considering instead of a Bentley Continental GT Convertible or McLaren 720S Spider?
Click through to the next page and we’ll begin to tell you all you need to know.