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Sneak Peek: Aston Martin DBS Volante

Fusing open-top motorizing with a luxury sports car.

by on Feb.25, 2009

Aston Martin DBS Volante -- could more surprises be in store at Geneva?

Aston Martin DBS Volante -- could more surprises be in store at Geneva?

The upcoming Geneva Motor Show is likely to be a busy event for Aston Martin, the former Ford Motor Co. division that is expected to mark its independence with the introduction of several critical new products. For now, the company, owned primarily by Kuwaiti investors, is only talking about one hot new product: the DBS Volante.

Think of it as the ultimate fusion of a high-line luxury sports car and a cabriolet, the company suggests. “The DBS Volante delivers the utmost relaxed driving experience with the hood up or down,” says Dr. Ulrich Bez, the British maker’s CEO. “It combines engineering excellence with design perfection.”

That electrically-operated fabric top will drop in a mere 14 seconds – and can be operated at speeds up to 30 miles per hour, stowing away under an automatic tonneau cover.

On paper, at least, the 2+2 DBS Volante is a four-seater. But in practical terms, even your kids would likely get cranky sitting in those “occasional” back seats for more than a short drive.

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