British sports car maker; Aston Martin has revealed the open-top DBS Volante V12 ahead of its Geneva debut next week. With a fabric convertible top which is designed to copy the silhouette of the DBS coupe, the DBS Volante becomes the company’s 16th top-less vehicle. It takes 14 seconds to operate the convertible and the operation can be performed at speeds of up to 48 km/h.
Power is derived from Aston’s hand built all alloy 6.0 litre V12 (quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve) front-mid mounted engine that is able to kick out 510 HP and 570 Nm of chassis twisting torque. The Volante features a top speed of 307 km/h and a naught to 100 km/h figure of 4.3 seconds. The 2+2-seater convertible’s engine is coupled with a rear-mounted 6 speed manual gearbox, while a 6 speed ‘Touchtronic 2’ (with electronic shift-by-wire) option is also available for those you who prefer to leave gear changes to the tranny.
The DBS Volante with High Intensity Discharge (HID) head lights up front and LED tail light at the back features high performance carbon ceramic brakes as standard, with ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398 mm diameter with six-piston calipers up front and ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360 mm diameter with four-piston calipers at the back.
Suspension wise, the north end is set up with independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers while down south features independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube dampers. The dampers feature Adaptive Damping technology.
The Volante which measures 4721 mm in length, 1905 mm in width and 1280 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2740 mm has its interior which is finished in full grain leather fitted with; heated sports seats with electric adjustment and memory settings, trip computer, LED map light, Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, Tire Pressure Monitor, Battery disconnect switch and much more.
With the roll-over protection system, the safety features of the convertible is made up of dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags as well as side airbags, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) as well as traction control.
To give a more defined spirited driving experience, the DBS Volante includes a “Sports” driving mode that engages; a more aggressive gear shift strategy as gear changes feel sharper and more forceful, engine speed matching on downshifts is more aggressive and in full automatic mode, up shifts occur at higher engine speeds. There is also a designated ‘Track’ mode which automatically sets all dampers to their firmest positions, making it ideal for circuit driving.
Drivers can select and press the button for two seconds to engage DSC ‘Track’ mode which raises the threshold at which the DSC system intervenes, to allow the car’s rear to step out further. Holding the button for four seconds disables DSC completely leaving everything to the driver’s skill.
As standard, the DBS Volante comes with a Bang & Olufsen’s BeoSound audio system that features 13 individual speakers and Bang & Olufsen’s unique Digital Signal Processing system for your ear-satisfying pleasure. Other optional accessories include; 20 inch wheel packages comprising of 20-spoke alloy wheels with graphite finish, 10-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels and 10-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels with graphite finish, Piano Black fascia trim and centre console surround for the interior as well as a tracking device.