First Look: 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante

Want a convertible that leaves you both shaken and stirred? Look no further than the 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante, which makes its world debut at the 2009 Geneva motor show.

Built upon the already potent DBS coupe (Aston's current top offering and James Bond's latest ride), the DBS Volante mixes some open-air fun into the cocktail. In place of the slinky fastback roof is a power-folding cloth top, similar to those used on both the DB9 and V8 Vantage Volantes. We're told it can retract underneath a voluptuous tonneau cover in as little as 14 seconds, and adds only 253 pounds to the DBS' curb weight.

From the beltline on down, the DBS Volante is virtually identical to its coupe siblings. A 517 hp, 6.0-liter aluminum V-12 lurks underhood, and is coupled either to a six-speed manual transmission or an optional ZF-sourced six-speed automatic. Expect to see typical Aston luxuries inside, including a Bang & Olufsen surround sound system, iPod connector, and sumptuous leather trim as standard equipment.

Aston Martin claims the DBS Volante can reach 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds, a figure that's mysteriously equal to that of the lighter DBS coupe. Aston hasn't announced pricing as of yet, but expect to see early examples arrive in the U.S. by the third quarter of 2009.

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