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Aston Martin's 16th convertible in 95 years, the DBS Volante draws on the
marque's extensive experience in designing iconic 'Volantes' and is a 2+2
featuring two occasional rear seats, ideal for young people or extra luggage. In
standard specification, the DBS has a rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox,
while an automatic six-speed 'Touchtronic' option is also available. As with the
coupe, the Volante is offered with carbon ceramic brakes as standard providing
exceptional stopping power. Benefitting from materials derived from the
motorsport and aerospace industries, the bonnet, front wings and boot lid are
made from carbon fiber all helping to reduce weight.
Although the DBS was
originally conceived as a two-seater sports GT, the potential for a Volante
version was always in the minds of the design team. Holding a purposeful stance,
the muscular shapes and forms of the DBS have been retained exuding confidence.
Aston Martin's Quietest and Most Refined Roof System
Martin's 16th convertible, learning taken from the engineering of previous
soft-top cars has resulted in the DBS Volante possessing Aston Martin's quietest
and most refined roof system to date. When raised, the fabric roof is insulated
with a layer of Thinsulate material relieving cabin noise and protecting the
inhabitants from the elements. The hydraulic pump has been cocooned in a noise
and vibration enclosure reducing noise when raising and lowering the hood.
The newly choreographed hood has resulted in an opening time of only 14
seconds due to a new five-piston hydraulic pump. The roof effortlessly stows
below the newly-sculpted tonneau cover which has been redesigned to enhance the
muscular attributes of the DBS Volante. Housing the Roll-Over-Protection-System
(ROPS) which deploys two roll bars in the event of the car rolling over, the
rear humps lead your eye to the new carbon fiber deck lid which has been
re-styled for the DBS Volante. Particular to the DBS, a line flows from the
leading edge of the bonnet past the elegantly sloped windscreen flowing into the
carbon fiber deck lid and to the rear boot 'flip'.
As with the DBS Coupe,
the bonnet, front wings and boot lid are formed from carbon fiber. Preventing
the weave protruding the paint finish, Aston Martin employs a patented 'surface
veil' technology applying a 200 micron thick layer of epoxy glue to the carbon
fiber, before the application of seven layers of paint producing a class A level
Lightweight Materials in the Interior
interior of the DBS represents the epitome of Aston Martin's commitment to using
materials honestly, without disguise or embellishment. Lightweight materials are
used throughout to save weight; door pulls are made from carbon-fiber, for
example, and the carpet has been woven with lighter fibers to save valuable
The Volante features 2+2 seating as standard. The beautifully
leather trimmed rear seats are ideal for younger persons or extra luggage making
the DBS Volante a practical everyday sports car.
Delivered as standard
with Bang & Olufsen's BeoSound DBS audio system and seamlessly integrated into
the DBS Volante's bespoke interior, the system provides the driver and
passengers with an unrivalled audio experience. Consisting of 13 individual
speakers and Bang & Olufsen's unique Digital Signal Processing system, the
system transforms the DBS Volante into an acoustically sophisticated venue,
capable of conveying subtle and striking musical dynamics from every source. The
BeoSound DBS has been specifically revised for the DBS Volante and senses when
the roof is up or retracted and adjusts the sound stage to compensate for wind
noise and change in acoustics.
The Bang & Olufsen BeoSound DBS system has
been developed exclusively for Aston Martin. The system is acoustically and
physically matched to the DBS Volante, with a design that follows the inherent
quality and material honesty of the Aston Martin interior. The loudspeaker
grilles are finished with smoothly contoured aluminum so as to integrate
seamlessly with the fluid lines and curves of the cabin. When the system is
turned on, the twin acoustic lens speakers emerge silently and swiftly, adding a
touch of theatre and technological panache that is the perfect complement to the
As with the coupe, the Volante affords customers the
prospect of specifying the optional ten-spoke 20'' forged aluminum lightweight
wheel with diamond-turned surface - available in either silver or graphite
finishes. With an overall unsprung mass reduction of 8 kg, the option aids
enhanced handling, improved acceleration, and braking performance.
The need for high-performance stability, handling ability
and low kerb weight defined the DBS's form and construction. The DBS Volante is
powered by the same 6.0-liter V12 engine at the heart of the DBS which was
launched in 2007. Producing 510 hp, peak power is delivered at 6500 rpm and the
420 lb-ft of torque is delivered at 5750 rpm. Tractable at any time, the DBS
possesses a 'flat' torque curve providing 85% of the torque from 1500 rpm.
The 3.71:1 (manual) and 3.46:1 (Touchtronic) final drive ratio assures that
all the DBS Volante's power is useable, while also enhancing in-gear
Adding to the sonorous V12 enhances the aural soundtrack.
Special by-pass valves in the exhaust allow a quieter exhaust note at low
speeds; at 4000 rpm these open to reduce the pressure in the exhaust system,
raising the power output as well as generating a rousing aural accompaniment.
The DBS Volante is available as standard with a rear-mounted 6-speed manual
gearbox with gear ratios optimised to extract the very best from the 6.0-liter
engine. Providing customers with even greater personalization capabilities, a 'Touchtronic'
6- speed automatic featuring a torque converter is also available as an option.
Derived from the same ZF transaxle unit that was developed for the DB9, the
system has been substantially re-engineered to accommodate the power and
performance characteristics of the DBS.
System functionality is
consistent with that on the DB9, with 'Park', 'Reverse', 'Neutral' and 'Drive'
modes selected via facia mounted controls.
When in 'Drive' mode, pulling
either of the leather-trimmed magnesium alloy paddles mounted on the steering
column will activate Touchtronic mode, enabling the driver to control gear
shifts via the paddles. Touchtronic mode is also accessible directly on engine
start-up. Alternatively, the 'Drive' mode can be selected at any time by
pressing the 'D' control on the centre console, engaging a fully automatic mode
which will select the most appropriate gear for the speed and driving conditions
The system also includes a 'Sport' mode - activated by a
button on the centre console - which 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, upshifts occur at
higher speeds. The Sport setting also incorporates a more responsive throttle
map to match the high-performance characteristics of the DBS Volante.
Contributing to the class-leading levels of rigidity, the
VH-platform (Vertical - Horizontal) upon which all Aston Martins are founded,
ensures a dynamically accomplished convertible translating into an exciting and
communicative chassis. The VH architecture is a bonded aluminum structure that
provides outstanding strength and rigidity. In comparison to its coupe sibling,
the Volante retains 75% of the rigidity equating to 20kNm per degree. This has
been achieved by rigidly mounting the rear sub frame and optimizing the front
and rear shear panels. Working together these components contribute to more than
20% of the total torsional rigidity.
Augmenting the DBS Volante's supreme
handling characteristics is the near perfect weight distribution - achieved by
mounting the 6-speed gearbox at the rear placing 85% of the weight between the
front and rear axle.
To take full advantage of its extremely precise and
rigid platform, the DBS employs a sophisticated Adaptive Damping System (ADS)
which is specifically tuned for the DBS Volante maximizing ride comfort. It uses
two separate valves to set the dampers to five different positions, allowing
instant adjustment of the car's ride and handling characteristics. The ADS
automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the driver has high
levels of control at all times, with the ability to respond instantly to
different driving conditions. The dampers can be 'softer', with a corresponding
improvement in ride quality, or 'firm', providing improved body control for more
The damper settings are determined by an electronic
control unit which takes sensor readings from the car's systems, including
throttle position, brake position, steering wheel rotation and vehicle speed.
This data establishes the prevailing driving conditions and the demands the
driver is making on the car.
The DBS Volante's Adaptive Damping System
perfectly captures the car's sporting character, ensuring that stiffer dampers
are available for better handling and control when the car is being driven
enthusiastically, without compromising ride comfort during 'normal' driving
conditions. A designated 'Track' mode automatically sets all dampers to their
firmest positions, making it ideal for circuit driving. The DBS Volante is
fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tires that have been developed especially for the
The DBS Volante also has a revised Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
system specifically tuned to the Volante to help maintain maximum traction in
challenging driving conditions. In default operation, the DSC is automatically
on. Select and press the button for two seconds and DSC 'Track' mode is engaged,
raising the threshold at which the system intervenes to allow the experienced
driver to explore the car's limits. Hold the button for four seconds and DSC is
Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes are featured as
standard. Providing shorter stopping distances with excellent resistance to fade
in even the most demanding driving conditions, the CCM brakes are some 12.5kg
lighter than a conventional system. This results in reducing the overall weight
of the car and, in particular, the unsprung weight and rotational masses,
further enhancing the DBS Volante's dynamics.
Aston Martin DBS Volante: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications