Company's CEO says more variants of its new new super grand tourer are in the pipeline
Jim Holder
17 August 2018

Volante and AMR variants of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera are in the works, CEO Andy Palmer has confirmed.

Although details are scarce, Palmer confirmed that the template set by the DB11 would be used across all of Aston Martin’s core models.

“I’m on record as saying that there will be an AMR version of every car, so you can take that as read, and the Volante is a given. In fact, testing has already begun,” said Palmer.

Although he declined to go into specifics, Palmer emphasised the DBS Superleggera’s superior torque to the Ferrari 812 Superfast, suggesting this could be enhanced further on the AMR – but without compromising headline power.

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“The standard DBS Superleggera is designed to be a car that anyone can drive without feeling intimidated, but the punch it packs from that torque is what sets it apart. It is a sensational characteristic that every driver can enjoy,” said Palmer.

“But the engine can be turned up more and it will be on the AMR. As for how much and how, you will have to wait and see.”

Palmer also called the Volante a “no-brainer”, adding that as Aston’s customer base grew and awareness of its new model range increased, there was growing demand for a wider variety of vehicles.

“In 2016, we had the V12 DB11. It had 50% of the V12 market, which sounds great but isn’t a very wide base on which to sell from,” said Palmer. “As we rolled out the V8, the Volante and the AMR, we were able to stretch that vehicle’s appeal – to the point that the V12 has now moved from where it was originally pitched, so we have space between all the vehicles and room for a more diverse portfolio across the board.

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17 August 2018

want 4 doors saloon and shooting break

17 August 2018

The reviews of the DBS are all glowing and all remark on how torquey the engine feels, despite the car being a tad on the heavy side. So, don't add more torque, add less weight. The effect on the mid-range is exactly the same and with less weight cornering and braking get a boost too (not that anyone is complaining now). And if the engineering staff are really short of something to do I suggest they focus on reducing the cost of ownership.

17 August 2018
James Dene wrote:

 So, don't add more torque, add less weight. The effect on the mid-range is exactly the same and with less weight cornering and braking get a boost too (not that anyone is complaining now). And if the engineering staff are really short of something to do I suggest they focus on reducing the cost of ownership.

I would assume there is limited scope for huge reduction within the existing platform. Besides, many buyers are lured by big headline numbers, regardless of whether they have merit. As for reducing the cost of ownership, biggest cost will be depreciation, not running costs. Not much they can do about that except make the cars as desirable as possible.

17 August 2018

There be Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante. 4 seater. It will have V8 & V12 engins.

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