The Aston Martin DB9 Volante
The elegant Aston Martin DB9 Volante made its world premiere at the 2004 North American International Auto Show in Detroit and as the 13th convertible from the company, joined a prestigious line-up of post-war convertibles that stretches back to the DB2 of 1950 and includes the DB4, DB5, DB6, V8 and DB7. However, it became the first convertible ever to use Aston Martin’s unique VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture and the first to be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.
Dr Ulrich Bez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aston Martin said: “From the outset of the DB9 programme we knew we wanted a convertible model. So the Volante has been designed, engineered and built from the outset as a convertible – it’s not a Coupe with just the top taken off.
“The DB9 Volante has all of the traditional styling cues you’d expect from a convertible Aston Martin. It’s very elegant and perfectly proportioned from every angle, while subtle embellishments help create a powerful-looking sports car.”
The DB9 Volante has a fully retractable hood that is stored within the body of the car when closed allowing the car to retain a very smooth and elegant profile.
The hood is operated by the push of a button and retracts within just 17 seconds. When down, it folds behind a hard tonneau cover, which then electrically closes flush with the DB9’s bodywork. The DB9 Volante has a boot capacity of 197-litres (170-litres in the DB7) and has two rear seats.
In the event of an accident, sensors in the DB9 Volante detect the risk of a potential rollover and two roll-hoops are deployed from the rear seat headrests, while front seat passengers are protected by the windscreen A-pillars which can withstand twice the total body weight of the car.
Like the DB9 Coupe, power for the Volante is supplied by Aston Martin’s low emissions, all-alloy, 48-valve, 6.0-litre, V12 engine, manufactured by skilled Aston Martin technicians at the company’s dedicated engine plant. Like the DB9 Coupe, the DB9 Volante is available with six-speed Touchtronic or a six-speed manual transmission.