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Aston Martin has a new range-topper: the DBS coupe was the most expensive Aston on sale, and now the Volante version is shown for the first time today. Aston won't thank us for saying it, but think of this as a DB9 Volante that's been given the DBS makeover.

Those DBS-specific tweaks that turn DB9 into DBS are pretty substantial, mind. The DBS Volante packs the 6.0-litre V12 with a punchy 510bhp and 420lb ft, so this is one wig-worryingly fast GT. Aston claims performance of 191mph and 0-62mph in just 4.3sec.

That's pretty quick for a big rag-top!

It certainly is. The Ferrari California is one front-engined, 2+2 convertible rival out there and the DBS is nearly as quick. The Aston uses carbonfibre and aluminium construction to keep weight down, although it tips in at 1810kg, heavier than the Cali.

A six-speed manual is fitted as standard to the DBS in a transaxle position to balance the mass better. We rather liked the six-speed Touchtronic auto option that's also available in the coupe. Whichever gearbox you spec, they drive the rear wheels through a limited slip diff.

Tell me about the new Aston DBS Volante's roof

Well, it's fabric – obviously – retracting electrically in just 14 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph. Perfect for a summer downpour in Sandbanks. When stowed, the cloth roof nestles under a newly contoured tonneau with a double-bubble silhouette behind the rear-seat passengers (or, we should say, bags chucked on the 2+2 back seats).

It's only Aston's 16th convertible in 95 years and they've thrown the latest tech at the new DBS soft-top. Carbon ceramic brakes are standard fit (saving 13kg), while the Bang & Olufsen 13-speaker stereo has been tuned to compensate for any roof-down wind rustle. A neat touch.

Prices will be confirmed at the Volante's Geneva motor show debut next week. But do some basic maths and we estimate it'll cost £168,000 when sales start in autumn 2009.


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I get ALL the Aston models confused. :faint: All I know is that they all are sexy as fuck.
 

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I realize the DBS is the Vanquish replacement, but is Aston phasing out the DB9? It just doesn't seem a viable option in their line, especially in this economy. Since Aston is discounting even the DBS at this point, they should lower the sticker to position the DBS just over $200 base for the coupe and $230 for the Volante. The Vantage coupe/vert fills the low to mid $100K Aston market. And they shoud price the Rapide base in the mid $100's.
 

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aston's are made by the same company making jaguars. just like toyota and lexus are the same companies but diff logo, its the same with aston and jaguar
I am 99% sure that is incorrect.
At one point both Jag and AM were owned by Ford's Premier Automototive Group - maybe that is where your confusion lies
 

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Jaguar was purchased by Tata of India and Aston Martin became a closely held company after purchase from a private equity group, including - if I am not mistaken - Dr. Ulrich Bez.

They shared common Callum design language.
 

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Jaguar was purchased by Tata of India and Aston Martin became a closely held company after purchase from a private equity group, including - if I am not mistaken - Dr. Ulrich Bez.

They shared common Callum design language.
Yep, Ian Callum is why the new Jags look so much like AMs
 

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aston's are made by the same company making jaguars. just like toyota and lexus are the same companies but diff logo, its the same with aston and jaguar
You couldn't be more wrong. Aston and Jag are no where close to being like toyota and lexus. As mentioned above, Jag is now owned by Tata of India.
 
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