Driver’s Seat: The DBS Superleggera Volante, the fastest convertible yet from Britain’s bespoke sportscar maker

And now, it’s time for the latest installment in an occasional series I am tentatively calling “Luxury Home in Suburban Middle America or New Car?”

Fine. The series title could use some work. But the premise is solid. Basically, we feature a new luxury or exotic vehicle that costs about as much as – you guessed it! – a luxury home somewhere in suburban America.

This month’s head-to-head pits a charming 4-bed, 3.5-bath Colonial-style stunner in Poland, Ohio listed at $329,900 against the no-less-stunning Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante convertible, which is comparably priced to move at $329,100.

The former is a spacious 4,036-square-foot in desirable Canterbury Creek. It features masters on both floors, cherry cabinets in the kitchen, maple flooring throughout and a back deck overlooking some undisturbed nature. Not. Too. Shabby.

The latter is only the fastest convertible model in the history of bespoke British sportscar maker Aston Martin. It is powered by the company’s own twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V12 engine making a bonkers 715 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough to rocket this ragtop from zero to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 211 mph.

We mentioned that the home in Ohio has cherry cabinets, right? OK, just checking.

Anywho, back to the Aston. In terms of style, the company has done a masterful job of updating its class-leading exterior styling to integrate some serious aggression without sacrificing elegance. Highlights include the gaping front grille and the nifty “curlicue” air vents behind the front wheels.

The sleek roofline as seen on the hardtop Aston Martin DBS Superleggera coupe is unsullied by the transition to a cloth top – which, by the way, is available in eight different exterior color options and six options for the interior lining. Speaking of options, the custom configurations for the Superleggera Volante are practically endless – and endlessly tantalizing. Lime Essence and twill carbon fiber exterior with geode quilted Spicy Red and Cote d’Azure Blue “leather environment” atop Sandstorm cabin carpeting, you say? Done, done and … done.

Of course, the four-bedroom in Poland, Ohio has dual masters. And nearby Poland Middle School is rated a 9-out-of-10!

So maybe $329,100 is sounding a little too rich for a convertible. Fear not! Aston Martin has promised a drop-top version of its smaller Vantage model later this year – including the long-awaited return of an optional manual transmission. Convertible Vantage pricing has yet to be announced. With the coupe commanding closer to $150,000, it’s safe to say the open-top version will be well under $200,000 – significantly less than the DBS Superleggera.

Or, we could show you a lovely two-bedroom condo with wood floors and granite countertops in Poland, Ohio … ::


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