The convertible Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring ahead of its Q3 2019 release
The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has been spied testing again before its official 2019 unveiling – and these images taken just outside the Nurburgring are the clearest we’ve seen yet.
The latest images show a car almost fully undisguised – only the badges and wheel centre caps appear to be missing. As expected, the Volante carries over many of its styling cues from the coupe, albeit with a shorter, more truncated roof design, which leaves space for the fabric hoot to retract into when not in use.
Unlike our previous glimpse of the car, which was caught on camera by Auto Express reader James Blyth close to Aston’s Gaydon HQ, the production model features a very subtle lip spoiler.
When the DBS Volante makes its debut in the third quarter of 2019 it will have no obvious rivals; Ferrari doesn’t offer a convertible version of the 812 Superfast, while development is still underway on the McLaren 720S Spider and Bentley Continental convertible.
The Volante will stick closely to the DNA of the coupe that launched earlier this year. Aston’s 716bhp 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine will sit under the bonnet, and will be paired with an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox.
To compensate for the loss of the roof the Volante will require additional body strengthening, which means around 100-120kg of added weight. As a result, performance and economy will be affected; expect the Volante’s 0-62mph time to be around the 3.7-second mark – several tenths slower than the coupe.
Following the DBS Superleggera Volante will most likely be a track-focused AMR variant, as Aston Martin bosses look to strengthen the brand’s presence in that area of the market.
Read about our first drive of the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera coupe here…
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