As if the DB9 weren’t already sexy as all get-out, Aston Martin is rolling out a topless version this fall. The coupe’s swoopy styling–by Henrik Fisker–is undiminished by the top chopping, and Aston even managed to maintain the rear seats (although they are largely decorative). The soft top is fully automatic and stores under a hard tonneau. In the event of a rollover, pop-up hoops deploy from behind the rear headrests. Like the coupe, the Volante is powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 with a choice of a six-speed manual or a paddle-shift automatic transmission.
ON SALE: Fall 2004
PRICE: $175,000 (est.)
ENGINE: 450-hp, 5.9-liter V-12
BOTTOM LINE: It knows the way to Saint-Tropez.