The new Aston Martin DBS Volante will be revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. It comes topless with a retractable roof and a 510bhp V12.

Aston Martin will be taking the covers off the new DBS Volante at the 2009 Geneva International Motor Show. The DBS Volante is AM's 16th convertible in its 95 year history and represents the ultimate combination of luxury with open air sports car performance. The motorised retractable fabric roof can be opened in just 14 seconds and stows away under the newly sculpted tonneau.

Powered by Aston Martin's 6.0-litre V12 engine with 510bhp (380kW) and 570Nm (420 lb ft) of torque, the Volante is not just a poser's car. Naught to 100km/h comes in 4.3 seconds and top end is 307km/h (191mph). It's a proper performance GT with two rear seats though Aston does concede the rear seats won't be as spacious as those of a normal sedan. This is not a normal car however, it's a DBS Volante.

The two available gearbox choices are a 6-speed manual and an automatic six-speed ‘Touchtronic' that can be engaged via paddles. Keeping the car on the road are 8.5' x 20 Pirelli P Zero 245/35 front wheels and tyres as well as 11 x 20 Pirelli P Zero 295/30 at the rear. Stopping power comes from carbon ceramic brakes. Engineers have utilised measures like carbon fiber front wings, boot lid and bonnet to reduce weight. In the end it weighs 1810kg which is similar to mid-sized German luxury sedans.

Inside passengers get comfortable to features like the Bang & Olufsen's BeoSound 13-speaker sound system, integrated iPod connector, a USB connector and a Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system.


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