Aston Martin will launch a convertible version of the new DBS Superleggera next year, and prototypes are currently being tested on the roads of great britain.
Reader Paul Gardner spotted a disguised prototype on the M40 motorway, not far from the Aston headquarters in Gaydon. The test vehicle looked all but identical to the mules seen lapping the Nürburgring earlier this year.
Last week, Aston Martin ceo Andy Palmer has confirmed to Autocar that the Vanquish to succeed the Superleggera will receive a cloth-trimmed Flying variant.
The DBS Superleggera is Aston’s biggest, fastest and most powerful model, and the Flying is not necessary to lose a large part of this performance. The 715bhp turbocharged 5.2-litre V12, will pass unchanged, putting the power through the rear wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission mounted in a transaxle layout.
Given the weight of a folding roof mechanism and a structure of bracing required to maintain the Flying of the rigidity of the chassis, the coupé’s 0-62mph time of 3.4 sec could increase by a few tenths. The 211mph top speed can fall, too, is due to the decrease of the aerodynamic efficiency, or by means of an artificial limiter.