New Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante spied

Aston Martin next flagship Super GT - the DBS Superleggera has been spied in its Volante convertible guise for the first time having previously been spotted in coupe form. The new models are expected to be revealed in the second quarter of 2018.

They’ll take the place of the Vanquish S, resurrecting two names from Aston Martin’s past. The DBS moniker most recently graced the body of the hardcore variant of the DB9, while the Superleggera moniker - shown in an official teaser image - gives a nod to Touring Superleggera. Responsible for the DB4, DB5 and DB6 Mark 1, the Italian coachbuilder’s focus on light weight hints that the new model will be more than just an exercise in strapping more power to the wheels.

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That isn’t to say that increased output isn’t a given. Under the bonnet Aston will use its new 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12, but power is expected to swell significantly over the 600bhp developed by the DB11. Aston execs told Auto Express last year that the V12 engine has been ‘proven to 820bhp’, with some ‘very elegant solutions’. It’s a power figure Aston will be aiming for given rivals in this sector include the 789bhp Ferrari 812 Superfast.

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The Superfast has some serious aero to help stick it to the road, and the DBS appears to have seen tweaks in this department to raise its game beyond that of the DB11. Both Coupe and Volante models sport a significantly enlarged version of Aston’s iconic front grille, now flanked by a pair of channels designed to improve airflow around the front wheels.

Previous, spy shots of the DBS Superleggera testing at the Nurburgring reveal a DB11 like profile. However, notable differences in the matte black test mule are found at the front of the car, with larger headlights, more prominent bonnet vents and a wider front grille that resembles the ultra-rare One-77.

The coupe has previously shown four exhausts to the rear in the place of the DB11’s two. This is still the case for the roadster, but the outer pair are now smaller in diameter, suggesting the new system might offer an F1-style bypass for the turbo wastegate to give a more vocal noise in the Superleggera’s sportiest driving modes. Likewise, previous experiments with the car’s rear spoiler appear to have been furthered on the Volante with a fixed wing in place of the DB11’s active unit.

The DBS Superleggera is the latest new model in relentless push for Aston, which plans to launch one all-new car every year up to 2023. It follows on from the reveal of the Vantage AMR - and confirmation that every new model will be offered in AMR form - plus the new SUV, likely to be named Varekai, and the relaunch of the Lagona brand with a range of high-luxury electric only models.

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