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2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante

2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante

2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante

Gaydon, Warwickshire, 25th February 2009 – Aston Martin will premiere the DBS Volante at the Geneva Auto Salon on the 3rd March 2009. Completing the DBS line-up, the new Volante will afford customers the combination of the DBS’s already-established benchmark sports car characteristics with all the thrills of open-air motoring.

Broadening the DBS’s character, the DBS Volante will appeal to drivers who wish to combine the excitement of driving a finely-tuned sports car with the invigorating feeling of being open to the elements. This juxtaposition of ultimate performance and openness stirs the senses on any drive whether a exhilarating jaunt on favoured roads or cruising on lengthy journeys. ‘Volante’, meaning: ‘moving with light rapidity’, perfectly defines the performance potential and the dynamic characteristics of the DBS Volante.

Featuring a motorised retractable fabric roof, the DBS’s beautiful profile is preserved whether up or down. When the roof is closed, it provides a warm comfortable ambience and when open, it neatly disappears behind the new tonneau cover at the touch of a button.

Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ulrich Bez said: “The DBS Volante delivers the utmost relaxed driving experience with the hood up or down. It combines engineering excellence with design perfection.

“The DBS Volante offers a subtle mix of power and performance. Adding to this, the fine craftsmanship – it is an unparalleled ownership and driving experience.”

Conceived as a Volante from the outset, Aston Martin engineers opted for a fabric hood to closely follow the silhouette of the DBS coupe and due to its lightweight properties, minimise overall weight gain. Fully retractable in only 14 seconds and at up to speeds of 30 mph (48 km/h), the roof will automatically stow under the newly sculpted tonneau, maintaining the DBS Volante’s perfect form – hood up or down.

Power is provided by Aston Martin’s hand-built all alloy 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510 bhp (380 kW / 517 PS), and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque with a top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) and 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time of 4.3 seconds. The nature of the V12, and in particular the torque available at all engine speeds, serves to provide effortless driving in all situations.

Aston Martin’s 16th convertible in 95 years, the DBS Volante draws on the marque’s extensive experience in designing iconic ‘Volantes’ and is a 2+2 featuring two occasional rear seats, ideal for young people or extra luggage. In standard specification, the DBS has a rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox, while an automatic six-speed ‘Touchtronic’ option is also available. As with the coupe, the Volante is offered with carbon ceramic brakes as standard providing exceptional stopping power. Benefitting from materials derived from the motorsport and aerospace industries, the bonnet, front wings and boot lid are made from carbon fibre all helping to reduce weight.

The DBS Volante also comes with Bang & Olufsen’s renowned ‘BeoSound DBS’ in-car entertainment system, featuring 13 speakers as standard equipment. The BeoSound DBS has been expertly tuned by Bang & Olufsen’s Tonmeisters and Aston Martin’s acoustic engineers specifically for the Volante resulting in a system that senses when the roof has been retracted and adjusts the sound stage to compensate for extra wind noise, providing an unrivalled automotive audio experience.

The DBS Volante will be built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire with customer deliveries expected to commence during quarter three 2009 and prices will be confirmed at the Geneva Auto Salon.


• 20’’ 20-spoke alloy wheels with graphite finish
• 20” 10-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels
• 20” 10-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels with graphite finish
• Satellite radio system (USA only)
• Piano Black facia trim and centre console surround
• Personalised sill plaques
• Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror1
• Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with garage door opener (Europe only)
• Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensor)
• Tracking device1,3
• First-aid kit
• Ashtray and cigar lighter

Story by Aston Martin Media

In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Gaydon, Warwickshire, England
price £/td> £177,000
engine V12
position Front-mid, Longitudinal
block material Aluminum Alloy
compression 10.9:1
power 380.3 kw / 510 bhp @ 6500 rpm
bhp/weight 281.77 bhp per tonne
torque 569.4 nm / 420 ft lbs @ 5750 rpm
body / frame Aluminium, Magnesium Alloy & Carbon-Fibre composite body over Aluminium VH Chassis
driven wheels RWD w/LSD
front tires 245/35-20 Pirelli P Zero
rear tires 295/30-20 Pirelli P Zero
front brakes Ventilated Carbon-Cermamic Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
rear brakes Ventilated Carbon-Cermamic Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
front wheels F 50.8 x 21.6 cm / 20 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 27.9 cm / 20 x 11 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar, Monotube Adaptive Damping System
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar, Monotube Adaptive Damping System
curb weight 1810 kg / 3991 lbs
wheelbase 2740 mm / 107.9 in
length 4271 mm / 168.1 in
width 1905 mm / 75.0 in
height 1280 mm / 50.4 in
transmission Touchtronic 2 Rear/Mid-Mounted 6-Speed Automatic or 6-Speed Manual
top speed ~307.32 kph / 191 mph
0 – 100 kph ~4.3 seconds
emission 388 g/km
fuel capacity 78 litres or 20.59 gal.