2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante convertible

The 2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante cabriolet is going to be revealed at the motor show in Geneva that will open in a matter of days.

When the cabrio officially goes into production, it will be the seventh model in AM’s history to sport a canvas roof and the third open-top to be motivated by a huge 6.0-liter V12 engine. And it will be the most powerful, too.

The six-liter V12 beast under its carbon-fiber hood delivers impressive 510hp and diesel-like 420 lb-ft (568Nm) and, being mated to either a six-speed manual or a much more comfortable Touchtronic sequential gearbox, takes only 4.3 seconds to propel the 1809kg vehicle from zero to 100km/h and then achieve a top speed of 307km/h.

By the way, just like all cabrios, the DBS Volante is heavier than the base model, but the weight differential is only some 119kg to the coupe’s advantage, because the car is equipped with carbon-fiber hood, front splitter and trunk lid and also features an extra-lightweight roof mechanism.

Of course, the weight-saving diet comes at a price. According to official info, the DBS Volante’s body is about 25 percent less rigid than that of the coupe version of the car making about 20kNm per degree (I suppose, this is the maximum rigidity achieved with the car’s roof up) which is similar to that of the 2008 Volvo XC70 crossover SUV and even 7.5 percent stiffer than that of the Volvo S80 sports sedan.

Extra safety is ensured with the help of the standard CCM brakes providing the car with enormous stopping power while making it about 12.5 kilos lighter than model with normal brakes. This kind of brakes is also much more durable than the iron discs, although they add significantly to the vehicle’s overall price. Aston Martin doesn’t specify the manufacturer, but Brembo, which is also a main supplier of braking power to the Ferrari Stable, will be a good guess.

Pricing will be officially confirmed when the convertible is officially presented in Geneva, but sources already report that the DBS Volante will cost around €300,000. Tell me about the global crisis, huh?

Aston Martin DBS Volante key competitors:

Bentley Continental GTC

This ICBM comes in a huge 2-door body and a 2+2 seating arrangement meaning that up to four grown-ups can quite comfortably travel from London to Warsaw and back. It is equipped with a W12 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine delivering 552 bhp and 650 Nm of torque. The car takes about 5.1 seconds to reach the 100km/h from standstill and has a top speed of 312km/h. Its fuel economy is rated at 16.8 l/100km. Priced at impressive $197,500.

Mercedes-Benz SL 63 AMG Limited Edition IWC

This one seats only two but its 525hp / 630Nm naturally aspirated 6.3-liter V8 catapults the car from zero to 100km/h in some 4.7 seconds and provides it with an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h.

This is also the first Mercedes to come equipped with a 7-speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT sports transmissions that ensures fast and seamless gear shifting both up and down and also ensures best in this revving trio fuel economy of 13.9 l/100km in a combined cycle. This one is limited to only 200 units but you can always order a normal version of the roadster, which is much cheaper starting at €148,155 in Germany.

BMW M6 Cabriolet

Last but not least. The 2009 year model comes powered by a standard 5.0-liter V10 engine, delivering 500hp and 518Nm of torque. The engine, although dwarfed by its competitors, is still good enough to provide the car with 0-100km/ acceleration time of 4.6 seconds and its top speed is also electronically limited at 250km/h. The M6 features combined fuel economy of 15.2 l/100km and is available at a starting price of €122,000.

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