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Aston Martin plans at least two more DBS Superleggera variants

by Ronan Glon

The line-up will grow with the addition of a convertible and a hotter model.

The DBS Superleggera that Aston Martin introduced in June won't occupy the top spot in the company's line-up on its own for very long. The company has confirmed it will add at least two variants of the car to its catalog in the coming years.

"I'm on record saying that there will be an AMR version of every car, so you can take that as a read, and the Volante is a given. In fact, testing has already begun," affirmed Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer in an interview with British magazine Autocar.

He added the Volante (Aston Martin-speak for convertible) is a no-brainer. The AMR model makes a lot of sense, too. The British firm eagerly wants to demonstrate it's more than capable of keeping up with Ferrari and Lamborghini.

"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 told Autocar.

To add context, the standard DBS Superleggera (pictured) packs a twin-turbocharged, 5.2-liter V12 rated at 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. It takes 3.4 seconds to reach 60 mph from a stop. The Ferrari 812 Superfast, one of its closest rivals, gets a 6.5-liter V12 with 789 horsepower on tap. The Lamborghini Aventador S uses a different 6.5-liter V12 to produce 740 horsepower.

Palmer stopped short of revealing when Aston Martin will introduce the two variants. The Volante could arrive this year, either at the Paris auto show or the Los Angeles auto show, but the company will likely decide to keep the AMR until later in the DBS Superleggera's life cycle in order to inject life into the model when the initial wow effect wears off.

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