The Ultimate series is the final release we’ll see under the DBS moniker, making up just 499 cars: 300 coupes and 199 Volantes, the car we’re looking at today. These may be interesting cars but they are all already spoken for. Naturally, these were made available to Aston Martin VIP customers before these images were even shared by the marque.
The Ultimate Volante is the convertible version of the DBS Ultimate which comes equipped with a 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 that boosts the DBS’ V12 from 715bhp to 7569bhp with 663lb ft of torque between 1,800rpm and 5,000rpm. Thanks to the open top, this V12 is the symphony you’ll hear as you ponder the end of the DBS. Though it’s no faster than the already fast regular DBS Volante with 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds, which is nothing to sneeze at.
Overall this has a lot of the same exterior changes we saw on the Ultimate Coupe we discussed in January including “horseshoe” bonnet vents, a new rear diffuser, front splitter, and 21-inch wheels which have proved ever so polarising. It still has the regular DBS brake pads as those must have been deemed good enough. Under the hood, there are tweaks to the front end, steering, and adaptive dampers.
“When an iconic model generation reaches the end of production it is important to mark the occasion with something special,” said technical boss Roberto Fedeli. “Not only is it the fastest and most powerful DBS in our history, thanks to a comprehensive suite of improvements to the transmission, steering, suspension, and underbody structure, it is also the best to drive.”
While we mere mortals won’t be able to get our hands on one, who knows, we might be lucky enough to hear its sweet song in the streets, turning us green with envy.