The lure of an Aston Martin has always been synonymous with the phrase ‘Grand Tourer’. A beautifully stylish car that is capable of carrying 2 people in total comfort, along with their luggage, across hundreds of miles of A and B roads with ease, yet with enough power to cover the distance effortlessly. Exactly the type of requirements that made the brand the perfect choice for a certain Mr Bond.
With the new DBS, Aston Martin have taken the idea of the Grand Tourer and turned it all the way up to 11. Starting with the very easy-on-the-eye DB11 and evolving the model to create the ultimate Grand Tourer, yet seriously impressive sports car at the same time. A car that they themselves call the ‘pinnacle of the Aston Martin sportscar range’ and with good reason. Yes you can leave the car in GT mode and cruise around all day, but the ferocity of acceleration and change of characteristics in Sport or Sport Plus mode becomes very addictive, and means the DBS is one of the most Jekyll and Hyde cars money can buy. Transporting the driver from the ultimate in luxury and refinement to out and out sports car quite literally at the touch of a button, without compromising on what makes the DBS an Aston Martin.
Replacement components in carbon fibre such as the impressive one piece clamshell bonnet mean that although the car isn’t exactly a lightweight, the more important matter of the centre of gravity has been lowered, improving handling, body roll and the whole feel of the car in the bends. Carbon ceramic brakes come as standard for ultimate stopping performance and 21” forged wheels mean that the combined result of all this fettling is a sharper more focussed version of the DB11. The shape is unmistakably Aston Martin but now it appears more aggressive and muscular, with broader wheel arches, deeper bumpers and splitters, and a gaping front grille for improved air flow. Even the name has been given an overhaul with the addition of the legendary ‘Superleggera’ badging making a return, though not strictly accurate being translated as ‘lightweight’. Everything about the DBS car is maximised for performance, yet being an Aston Martin, not at the expense of interior comfort.
The new honed bodywork and muscular stance is of course complimented by the powerhouse of a powerplant under the bonnet. The wider front grille not only looks more aggressive, it is also necessary to feed more air to the vast twin-turbocharged 5.2 litre V12 engine. Producing a colossal 715bhp and an even more impressive 900Nm of torque, this results in a 0-62mph time of just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 211mph, unchanged even for the convertible, and unusually also with the roof up or down. The immense power under the bonnet means that in any gear, at any speed, the way the car gathers speed is hugely impressive.
It may be twin-turbocharged but the engine sounds exactly the way an Aston Martin should, grumbling and burbling at tickover, yet soulful and almost symphony like when exploring the rev range. Tuneful yet not invasive when sat in the luxurious cabin, the engine note really comes into its own when the well-insulated automatic roof is lowered. With nothing to separate you from both the engine note and the exhausts, you’ll find yourself looking for any break in the weather to enjoy the full audible experience of the DBS Volante, whether burbling your way through town or accelerating your way through the exceptional
Our 2019 (69) Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante is finished in stunning Onyx Black metallic with Obsidian Black Caithness leather and Pure Black Alcantara interior. The car comes with a tasteful specification befitting of the car with 21” forged Gloss Black wheels, Black painted brake calipers, Carbon Fibre front splitter and rear diffuser, Gloss Black mirror caps Smoked rear tail lamps, Aston Martin Wings embroidery to headrests and more. This together with the included features of Aston Martin premium audio, Matte Black tipped quad exhaust system, Heated memory Sports Plus seats, Carbon ceramic brakes, Dark Chrome interior jewellery pack and much more. This stunning example has covered just 6,000 miles since new and comes with an Aston Martin manufacturer warranty until December 2022. It also benefits from the remainder of an Aston Martin service pack until December 2024 or 50,000 miles.
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