Aston Martin DBS Volante with 510HP V12 Breaks Cover ahead of Geneva

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Aston Martin's V12-powered rag-top DBS has received a premature online unveiling. To be officially introduced in Geneva, the new 2+2 seater DBS Volante features a fabric top that neatly tucks away behind a sculpted tonneau cover at the touch of a button in 14 seconds. Power is provided by Aston Martin's all alloy 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 510-horsepower and 570 Nm (420 lb ft) of torque for a top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) and a 0-100 km/h (62mph) time of 4.3 secs.

In standard specification, the DBS Volante comes with a rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox, while for those that don't mind having a less engaging driving experience, the British firm also offers an automatic six-speed 'Touchtronic' option.

To keep the car's weight down (Aston announces a weight of 1,810kg or 3,990 lbs), the DBS Volante is offered with carbon ceramic brakes as standard while the bonnet, front wings and boot lid are all made from carbon fibre.

The DBS Volante will be built at Aston Martin's global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire with the first examples expected to be delivered during the third quarter of the year. Prices will be announced at the Geneva Auto Salon.

DBS Volante Specification

Body

  • Two-door convertible body style with 2+2 seating
  • Bonded aluminium VH structure
  • Aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre composite body
  • Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps (main beam)
  • LED rear lamps and side repeaters

Engine

  • All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935 cc V12
  • Compression ratio 10.9:1
  • Front-mid mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
  • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
  • Max power: 380 kW (510 bhp / 517 PS) at 6500 rpm
  • Max torque: 570 Nm (420 lb.ft) at 5750 rpm
  • Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 4.3 seconds
  • Max speed: 307 km/h (191 mph)

Transmission

  • Rear-mid mounted, six-speed manual gearbox. Rear-mid mounted 'Touchtronic 2' six-speed gearbox with electronic shift-by-wire control system
  • Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft
  • Limited-slip differential
  • Final-drive ratio 3.71:1 (manual) 3.46:1 (Touchtronic)

Wheels and Tyres

  • Front: 8.5'' x 20'' Pirelli P Zero 245/35
  • Rear: 11'' x 20'' Pirelli P Zero 295/30

Steering

  • Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 3.0 turns lock-to-lock
  • Column tilt and reach adjustment

Suspension

  • Front: Independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
  • Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Track mode

Brakes

  • Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398 mm diameter with six-piston callipers
  • Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360 mm diameter with four-piston callipers
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Traction control

Dimensions

Length:

4721 mm (185.9'')

Wheelbase:

2740 mm (107.9'')

Width:

1905 mm (75'') (exc. Mirrors)
2060 mm (81.1'') (inc. Mirrors)

Fuel tank capacity:

78 litres (17.2 Imp.galls, 20.5 US galls)

Height:

1280 mm (50.4'')

Weight:

1810 kg

Interior

  • Full grain leather interior
  • Matrix alloy facia trim and Iridium Silver centre console surround
  • Carbon fibre door trims and door pulls
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror & garage door opener (USA & Canada only)
  • Sports seats with electric adjustment
  • Memory seats & exterior mirrors (three positions)
  • Dual-stage driver/passenger front airbags
  • Side airbags
  • Heated seats
  • Heated rear screen
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
  • Trip computer
  • LED map lights
  • Cruise control
  • Hard Disk Drive (HDD) satellite navigation system1,2
  • Bluetooth telephone preparation1
  • Powerfold exterior mirrors
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring1
  • Alarm and immobiliser
  • Remote-control central door locking and boot release
  • Wind deflector
  • Battery disconnect switch
  • Battery conditioner1
  • Tracking device3 (UK only)
  • Boot-mounted umbrella
  • Lamy pen and pen holder (Touchtronic only)

In-Car Entertainment

  • Bang & Olufsen BeoSound DBS sound system
  • Integrated Apple iPod® connector
  • USB connector with Waveform Audio Format (WAF), Windows Media Player (WMA) and MPEG (MP3) audio file compatibility
  • 3.5 mm auxiliary input socket

Options

  • 20'' 20-spoke alloy wheels with graphite finish
  • 20" 10-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels
  • 20" 10-spoke diamond-turned alloy wheels with graphite finish
  • Satellite radio system (USA only)
  • Piano Black facia trim and centre console surround
  • Personalised sill plaques
  • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror1
  • Auto-dimming interior rear-view mirror with garage door opener (Europe only)
  • Alarm upgrade (volumetric and tilt sensor)
  • Tracking device1,3
  • First-aid kit
  • Ashtray and cigar lighter