Absolutely beautiful 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante
THIS week we will be looking at this absolutely beautiful 2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante with stunning white exterior paint and a unique blue roof.
Up front sits a huge 6.0-litre, 48 valve 12-cylinder engine which can produce up to 380 kW (510 hp) @ 6500rpm and 569 Nm of torque (420 lb-ft of torque) @ 5750 rpm.
This power and torque then gets delivered to the rear wheels via a classic six-speed manual transmission. What makes this car unique but also quite special is that it is one of the last manual V12's we will ever see from not only Aston Martin, but from most car companies.
The latest Aston Martin Vanquish and V12 Vantage S are only offered in an automatic transmission, and both Ferrari and Lamborghini have also switched to the faster-shifting automated-manuals. Even the Pagani Huayra is now only available in a seven-speed sequential transmission.
This particular Aston Martin DBS Volante has a kerb weight of just 1810 kilograms.
This allows it to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour in a mere 4.3 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of around 305 kilometres per hour (190 miles per hour).
The DBS Volante was first launched to the public at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show as a convertible version of the already exquisite DBS Coupe.
The roof on this model is able to opened or closed in around 14 seconds, and you can do this while the car is stationary or at speeds of up to 48 kilometres per hour (30 miles per hour).
Some other features that this particular Aston Martin is equipped with includes 20-inch 10 spoke graphite diamond-turned wheels, double-wishbone front and rear sports suspension, a front and rear stabilizer bar, four-wheel ABS as well as traction and stability control, xenon headlights, electronic brake force distribution, emergency braking assist, a premium leather interior with front sport seats, and much more.
This model also has two rear seats but you will have to have legs as small as matchsticks to fit.
Back when this Aston Martin DBS Volante was new, it had an RRP of $495,351 plus on-road costs, but now you can pick one up for around $280,000.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com