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    Aston Martin’s Palmer says hot AMR and drop-top Volante models are on the way

Jim Holder

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.

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“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.

“The DBS Superleggera Volante makes a lot of sense. It’s fast and purposeful, but it’s a car designed to be driven rather than be edgy and intimidating.”

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