The DBS Superleggera Volante is the ultimate Aston Martin
And one of the fastest convertibles in the world.
DBS. When you see these three letters on an Aston Martin, you know it's going to be quick. The acronym appeared over 50 years ago, and is now reserved only for the very best of Aston Martin. The DBS represents the pinnacle of the British brand, and at the moment, there is nothing more powerful and faster than this car in their lineup.
We would like to thank Aston Martin Geneva and Pegasus Automotive Group for providing us with this beautiful Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante. Without them, this article would have never been possible. Aston Martin Geneva has one of the most beautiful dealerships in Switzerland. From "regular" Aston Martins to One-77s, Zagatos and more vintage cars, they seem to have it all. And did we forget to mention that there is a part of the showroom dedicated to Rolls-Royce and Koenigsegg? Also, a huge thank you goes to the team of PR&Co for organizing this test drive.
Let's get back to the car. Based on the DB11, the DBS is the big daddy of Aston Martins. It is a high-performance GT that is literally capable of keeping up with supercars. Equipped with a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12, this car will go from a standstill to 100 km/h in only 3.6 seconds, and reach a top speed of 211 mph. And all of that can be done with the roof off. Indeed, the DBS exists both as a coupe or a convertible. The car we got was a Volante (convertible), and the weather was amazing. Aren't we the luckiests?
The car's full name is "DBS Superleggera". To remind you of their great history, Aston Martin added this Italian name that means "Super Light" to honor some of their great cars from the 60's that had this same designation. Therefore, the full moniker of this car is DBS Superleggera Volante, which I think perfectly fits the car. Elegant name means elegant design, and in this field the DBS doesn't disappoint. Even though the DBS is more bulky thank the DB11, the aero elements are beautifully integrated, and the Aston Martin DNA is respected. It's classy and sporty, exactly the way the cars from Gaydon are supposed to be like. The one design element I did not like was the taillights. In my opinion, it looks too much like Porsche's. Not a bad thing, but I really liked the thin ones from the DB11. It's actually weird, the previous DBS was just a DB9 on steroids. Now, the design changed quite significantly, and I don't really understand why. But it doesn't really matter, because the DBS is still a stunning looking machine. Inside, it's pretty much like the DB11, and that's a good thing. The infotainment that comes directly from Mercedes-Benz works well and is up to the latest standards. Most of the knobs are replaced by touch-sensitive buttons, and a lot of the controls can be managed from the steering wheel to keep 100% of your focus on the road. Somehow, a couple of people I showed the car to didn't like the seats. Aston Martin went a bit too heavy on the stitching, but at least the seats are comfortable and offer great support. Overall, I think the cabin works, as there is enough space, good ergonomics, and beautiful materials.
But behind this elegance hides a true monster. The DBS is often compared to the Ferrari 812 Superfast. It's true, both cars share the same grand touring philosophy with a big V12 upfront. Apparently you need to be "super" in something to make it in this segment. There is still a big gap between 725 PS and 800 PS, and I think the Ferrari is still the faster and sportier car. However, the Aston Martin is way more comfortable, and that does the GT job perfectly. It just glides on the highway, and you barely feel any bump on the road. Moreover, there is a control on the steering wheel that lets you adapt the responsiveness of your dampers. So, if you press on the stiffest setting, select track mode, switch to sport+, and you'll end up with a DBS with supercar-like capabilities. The Superleggera feels super composed on sinuous roads, and even though its's a rear-wheel drive, the ESP works like a charm and makes the car stick to ground.
Could you drive the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante everyday? Sure you could! The car is actually a four-seater, and you could potentially seat two children or even short adults in the back. Because of the roof structure, the boot is quite small, and you'll barely fit two big bags in there, unless you leave the roof up. The car is fairly easy to drive besides its size. Indeed, it's a big car that can be quite difficult to maneuver, especially if you're driving in the city. But the 360° camera is very useful and there are sensors literally everywhere. On the downside comes the fuel economy. I was being gentle and only managed to score an average of 16 mpg (14.5l/100km). Still better than the 812 Superfast which only does 13 mpg. Take that Ferrari.
In the end, Aston Martin did what they do best. A freaking quick grand tourer that looks absolutely beautiful. A piece of art that comes at a hefty price of over $300'000! What do you want, it's the flagship model. What I really liked about the DBS is the fact that you get total sense of the craftsmanship and efforts that went into developing the car. Every detail counts, and everything is so nicely done. Unfortunately, for many of us, the DBS Superleggera Volante will only be a dream. But, in a world where cars need to make sense, be practical, and rational, it's good to have dreams like this car that just stand out.
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I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Aston Martin Geneva and Pegasus Automobile Group, situated in Nyon, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car. Website: www.astonmartingeneva.ch and www.prestigemotorgroup.ch. Instagram: www.instagram.com/astonmartingeneva/