2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante - Auto Shows

Aston Martin will use the Geneva auto show to introduce the world to its latest creation, the DBS Volante. By popping the top on the most super of its current cars (the $1.75 million One-77 will soon serve as the range-topper) Aston has reduced its structural rigidity and added more than 250 pounds to the package, while also carving out room for two more “passengers” and keeping claimed performance the same. Oh, and it still looks good, too.

The Volante’s electrically operated cloth top disappears under a handsome metal tonneau. Up/down operation can occur at speeds up to 30 mph and takes just 14 seconds. Aston has placed the top’s hydraulic pump in a special enclosure to keep nasty noise and vibration from the occupants.

When is a Seat Not a Seat?

Lowering the roof reveals a pair of “occasional” seats fitted in the rear, making the DBS Volante a 2+2, as opposed to the coupe’s two-seat layout (the DBS coupe does offer the extra seats as an option, but they’re hardly inhabitable due to the sloping rear window). The seats are intended for “younger persons or extra luggage” and will likely see more of the latter than the former.

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