Published on April 24th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


Aston Martin Reveals DBS Superleggera Volante

Aston Martin’s DBS Superleggera was only just introduced in Malaysia. Now we have its convertible sibling, the DBS Superleggera Volante taking the sex appeal up a notch.

New Roof and Options

New to the DBS Superleggera Volante is the option to spec the hood in eight distinct colours and 6 Rokona headliners. Not only that, the window screen surround can be optioned with a 2×2 twill carbon fibre finish. This can be matched with the car’s tonneau cover and rear ‘waterfall’.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante’s retractable fabroc roof is perfectly integrated into the car’s overall design. But not only is it great looking, it’s also technically very impressive. There are 8 layers of insulation material that keep wind and road noises out of the cabin when up.

Aston Martin claim they’ve simulated 10 years of wear and tear on the roof mechanism in a month of testing. This put it through over 100,000 cycles successfully in extreme heat and cold.

Similar Performance

Aerodynamics here are uncompromised. The car’s splitter and airdam force air underneath the car for more downforce and better cooling of the front brakes.

Just like the coupe, the Volante’s engine is a 5.2-litre twin turbocharged V12 petrol. It produces the same 715hp and 900Nm of torque as in the standard DBS Superleggera. However, the added weight makes it a little slower in its acceleration.

Going from 0-100km/h takes 3.6 seconds (0.2 seconds longer than in the coupe). Its 0-160km/h time is slightly worse at 6.7 seconds (0.3 seconds slower than the coupe). Still, impressive numbers all the same, plus it has the same top speed of 340km/h.

As loud and boisterous as that V12 is, it’s actually very ‘controllable’. Put it in ‘GT mode’ for a more tolerable long distance drives, ‘Sport’ or ‘Sport Plus’ modes for more intense sounds or ‘quiet start’ to sneak out of your neighbourhood undetected.



  • Two-door Volante body style with 2+2 seating
  • Extruded bonded aluminium body structure with composite panels
  • LED high and low beam headlamps with integrated direction indicator, daytime running lights, position lamp, lock/unlock graphic theatre
  • Signature LED tail lamp with stop tail and dynamic indicator functions
  • Carbon Fibre Clamshell bonnet
  • Side louvre
  • Aeroblade


  • All-alloy quad overhead cam, 48-valve 5.2-litre bi-turbo, V12 with stop/start cylinder deactivation
  • Water-to-air Charge Cooling
  • Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Fully catalysed stainless-steel exhaust system with cross pipes
  • Compression ratio 9.3:1
  • Dual Variable Camshaft Timing
  • Knock-sensing
  • Fully CNC machined combustion chambers
  • Electrically controlled exhaust
  • Maximum power: 715bhp/725PS @ 6500rpm
  • Maximum torque: 900Nm/663lb ft @ 1800-5000rpm
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 3.6 seconds
  • Maximum speed: 211mph

Fuel Economy

  • Combined MPG (WLTP): 20.1*
  • Combined l/100km (WLTP): 14*
  • CO2 (NEDC): 295g/km*

*Estimated figures


  • Rear mid-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Alloy torque tube with Carbon Fibre propeller shaft
  • Final drive ratio: 2.93:1


  • Electric power assisted steering rack with 13.09:1 steering ratio
  • Speed-dependent rack and pinion power-assisted steering, 2.27 turns lock-to-lock


  • Front independent double wishbone design coil springs, anti-roll bar and adaptive damping
  • Rear multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar and adaptive damping
  • Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Skyhook technology modes GT, Sport and Sport Plus

Wheels & Tyres

  • 21” Ten Twin spoke wheel – silver
  • Front 21” Pirelli P Zero 265/35/21
  • Rear 21” Pirelli P Zero 305/30/21


  • Front ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs 410mm diameter
  • Rear ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs 360mm diameter
  • Electric park brake
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction Control (TC)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Positive Torque Control (PTC)
  • Dynamic Torque Vectoring (DTV)


  • Length:                         4715mm
  • Width:                           2145mm (including door mirrors)
  • Rear width:                   1970mm (excluding door mirrors)
  • Front width:                   1942mm (excluding door mirrors)
  • Height:                          1295mm
  • Wheelbase:                   2805mm
  • Front overhang:             915mm
  • Rear overhang:             995mm
  • Ground clearance:         120mm (excluding air dam)
  • Ground clearance:         90mm (including air dam)
  • Front track:                   1665mm
  • Rear track:                    1645mm
  • Angle of approach:        9.5 degrees
  • Angle of departure:        13 degrees
  • Turning circle:               12.3m


  • Dry weight from:            1863kg
  • Weight distribution:        50:50


  • Primary exterior paint colour
  • 2×2 Carbon Fibre gloss exterior body pack
  • Quad exhaust with Matte Black finisher
  • Red tail lamps
  • Black front grille
  • Body coloured Windscreen surround finisher
  • Black under bonnet cross brace
  • Gloss Black side louvre
  • Black bonnet mesh
  • Exterior body coloured mirror caps
  • Primary coloured hood outer
  • 21” Ten Twin spoke wheels – silver
  • Dark Anodised brake calipers
  • Enamel wing badges
  • Sports Plus seats
  • Caithness leather and Alcantara environment
  • Obsidian Black leather sports steering wheel
  • Headrest detailing – DBS embroidered logo
  • Carpet cabin
  • Dark Chrome interior jewellery
  • Piano Black trim inlay
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Keyless entry
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Alarm and immobiliser
  • Memory and heated seats
  • Heated rear screen
  • Side mirror tilt down on reverse
  • Parking distance display and parking assist
  • Floor mats


  • Aston Martin premium audio system
  • Touch pad
  • 8.0” LCD screen
  • iPod and iPhone integration and USB playback
  • DAB and AM/FM radio
  • Bluetooth audio and streaming
  • Integrated Satellite Navigation System
  • 360-degree camera



  • Contemporary or Special Aston Martin exterior paint
  • Exterior body pack finishes – 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre Tinted Black2
  • Hood outer – Contemporary or Special Hood outer
  • Side louvres – 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre, 2×2 Gloss Carbon Fibre Tinted Black2
  • Bonnet louvres – 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre, 2×2 Gloss Carbon Fibre Tinted Black2
  • Mirror caps – Gloss Black painted, 2×2 Twill Gloss Carbon Fibre, 2×2 Gloss Carbon Fibre Tinted Black2
  • 21” Ten Twin spoke wheels – Shadow Chrome
  • 21” Ten Twin spoke wheels – Gloss Black Diamond Turned
  • 21” Forged twin spoke wheel – Gloss Black
  • 21” Forged twin spoke wheel – Satin Black
  • Alternative brake caliper colours – Black, Red, Grey, Yellow, Q Madagascar Orange, Q Vivid Red, Q Vivid Blue, Q Vivid Orange or Anodised Bronze


  • Full leather interior
  • Caithness or Balmoral leather
  • A Pillar – Alcantara or Matched to Leather
  • Rokona® – Contemporary hood inners
  • Contrast welt
  • Colour keyed boot carpet
  • Carbon Fibre steering wheel
  • Embroidered headrest – Aston Martin wings
  • Embossed headrest – DBS logo or Aston Martin wings
  • Placed or Geode perforation3
  • Triaxial or Geode quilting3
  • Option trim inlays – Dyed Open Pore Tamo Ash, 2×2 Twill Carbon Fibre Satin, Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre
  • Optional seat back veneers – Piano Black, Dyed Open Pore Tamo Ash, 2×2 Carbon Fibre Satin, Satin Chopped Carbon Fibre
  • Option interior jewellery – Satin Silver, Dark Chrome with 2×2 Twill Satin Carbon Fibre interior pack
  • Optional seat belt colours – Flint, Champagne, Spicy Red, Mocha, Graphite
  • Optional 2×2 Twill Carbon Fibre Tonneau cover and rear waterfall 5
  • Deep pile floor mats


  • Aston Martin tracking1
  • Garage door opener
  • Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system
  • Ventilated seats4
  • Wind Deflector
  1. Only available in certain markets
  2. Carbon fibre type cannot be mixed and therefore is linked to first selected piece
  3. Quilting and perforation are not available on Alcantara
  4. Ventilated seats require seat perforation
  5. Only available when 2×2 Twill Carbon Fibre trim inlay is selected

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