Monday, December 7, 2009

Aston Martin DBS Volante with 510HP V12 Breaks Cover ahead of Geneva

Aston Martin's V12-powered rag-top DBS has received a premature online unveiling. To be officially introduced in Geneva, the new 2+2 seater DBS Volante features a fabric top that neatly tucks away behind a sculpted tonneau cover at the touch of a button in 14 seconds. Power is provided by Aston Martin's all alloy 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510-horsepower and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque for a top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) and a 0-100 km/h (62mph) time of 4.3 secs.

In standard specification, the DBS Volante comes with a rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox, while for those that don't mind having a less engaging driving experience, the British firm also offers an automatic six-speed 'Touchtronic' option.

To keep the car's weight down (Aston announces a weight of 1,810kg or 3,990 lbs), the DBS Volante is offered with carbon ceramic brakes as standard while the bonnet, front wings and boot lid are all made from carbon fibre.

The DBS Volante will be built at Aston Martin's global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire with the first examples expected to be delivered during the third quarter of the year. Prices will be announced at the Geneva Auto Salon.

DBS Volante Specification


Two-door convertible body style with 2+2 seating
Bonded aluminium VH structure
Aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre composite body
Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps (main beam)
LED rear lamps and side repeaters

All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935 cc V12
Compression ratio 10.9:1
Front-mid mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
Max power: 380 kW (510 bhp / 517 PS) at 6500 rpm
Max torque: 570 Nm (420 lb.ft) at 5750 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.3 seconds
Max speed: 307 km/h (191 mph)

Rear-mid mounted, six-speed manual gearbox. Rear-mid mounted 'Touchtronic 2' six-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system
Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
Limited-slip differential
Final-drive ratio 3.71:1 (manual) 3.46:1 (Touchtronic)
Wheels and Tyres

Front: 8.5'' x 20'' Pirelli P Zero 245/35
Rear: 11'' x 20'' Pirelli P Zero 295/30

Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 3.0 turns lock-to-lock
Column tilt and reach adjustment

Front: Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Track mode

Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398 mm diameter with six-piston callipers
Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360 mm diameter with four-piston callipers
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
Traction control


4721 mm (185.9'')


2740 mm (107.9'')


1905 mm (75'') (exc. Mirrors)
2060 mm (81.1'') (inc. Mirrors)

Fuel tank capacity:

78 litres (17.2 Imp.galls, 20.5 US galls)


1280 mm (50.4'')


1810 kg


Full grain leather interior
Matrix alloy facia trim and Iridium Silver centre console surround
Carbon fibre door trims and door pulls
Auto-dimming rear-view mirror & garage door opener (USA & Canada only)
Sports seats with electric adjustment
Memory seats & exterior mirrors (three positions)
Dual-stage driver/passenger front airbags
Side airbags
Heated seats
Heated rear screen
Automatic temperature control
Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
Trip computer
LED map lights
Cruise control
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system1,2
Bluetooth telephone preparation1
Powerfold exterior mirrors
Front and rear parking sensors
Tyre-pressure monitoring1
Alarm and immobiliser
Remote-control central door locking and boot release
Wind deflector
Battery disconnect switch
Battery conditioner1
Tracking device3 (UK only)
Boot-mounted umbrella
Lamy pen and pen holder (Touchtronic only)
In-Car Entertainment

Bang & Olufsen BeoSound DBS sound system
Integrated Apple iPod® connector
USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
3.5 mm auxiliary input socket

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

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