Aston Martin has revealed a drop-top version of its flagship grand tourer, the DBS Superleggera.

The soft-top version of the car – dubbed a ‘Super GT’ by Aston – is set to deliver 715bhp from its 5.2-litre V12 engine, propelling it to a top speed of 211mph. 0-60 will come in 3.5 seconds, thanks in part to a mighty 900Nm of torque provided by the turbocharged motor.

As with the hard-top, the power is fed through an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The aerodynamic focus of the original coupe version has been retained, with just three kilos less of downforce – 177kg – being produced by the car’s intricate body design.

The soft-top roof retracts in just 14 seconds, and will close again in just 16. Testing for the roof mechanism took in the polarising conditions of the Arctic Circle and Death Valley, Nevada; over 100,000 cycles were completed to ensure that the mechanism would endure.

A key selling point according to the British marque is the meeting of three rather famous nameplates; DBS, Superleggera and Volante, all of which have significant history with the Aston Martin brand.

Aston Martin Lagonda CEO Dr Andy Palmer commented: “There is nothing on earth that compares to the roar of an Aston Martin V12, and I believe that the DBS Superleggera Volante provides one of the greatest sensory experiences in the automotive world. This is truly a testament to the no compromise approach of our engineers and designers, to deliver the two key aspects of a convertible Super GT.”

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is expected to arrive at dealerships in the third quarter of 2019, and will be priced at £247,500 in the UK.

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