First Drive Review: 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante
This 2010 review is representative of model years 2008 to 2012.
Aston Martin has been rather busy lately, finessing a big V-12 into the Vantage coupe, preparing for the launch of the highly anticipated Rapide four-door, and going all-out to create the $1.7 million, 700-hp One-77 supercar. Not to mention engineering a Toyota iQ-based microcar called the Cygnet. (Yes, it's real.) Add the new 2010 DBS Volante (Aston-speak for convertible) to the pile. Few would say the DBS coupe needs any help in the looks department. Yet the removal of its roof makes it even more alluring, and it's one of the most indulgent tanning salons on the planet.
The Natural Look
Nonetheless, there is no shaking or quivering of the chassis, and the insulated softtop seals the cabin tightly — almost too tightly, in fact, because freeing the 5.9-liter V-12's 510 horses is something we could listen to all day. A top speed near 190 mph and an expected 0-to-60 sprint in a shade over four seconds are on par with the DBS coupe's performance numbers. Yet for all its haste and high-speed composure, the DBS Volante is best savored at cruising speeds, with the bark of the exhaust as background music.
It's Fast, It Looks Good, and the Top Goes Down
Driven in anger, the DBS Volante is an aural delight and satisfyingly responsive. Even in sport mode, the ride is firm but never abusive. Prodigious power is available throughout the engine's range, and working the chunky metal shifter through its detents quickly becomes addictive. The huge brakes bring everything to a halt with eye-popping capability. There's no fade or squealing, just smooth, solid feedback through the pedal (and a seatbelt trying to slice your torso in half).
It's All in the Details
At $286,400 to start, the Volante adds more than 10 grand to the sticker of the DBS coupe, and, of course, that figure will quickly bloat if you want yours personalized. But let's be honest: Something this artful really is priceless.
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