Aston Martin's DBS Volante is definitely one of the best looking rides debuting this week at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. With the exception of the soft-top convertible roof, nearly every aspect of the Volante is identical to that of Aston's DBS coupe. Both are powered by the same 6.0L V12 engine rated at 510hp and 420lb-ft of torque, and offer a six-speed manual or six-speed Touchtronic automatic gearbox with manual shifting capability. According to Aston, they'll both do zero to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds, top out at 191 mph, and will come to a quick stop thanks to its carbon-ceramic brakes.
The roof retracts automatically in just 14 seconds and can be operated at speeds of up to 30 mph. As for safety, the Volante's advanced rollover protection system features two pop-up rollbars that are designed to keep your head off the pavement. The 2010 model also comes with Bang & Olufsen’s renowned ‘BeoSound DBS’ in-car entertainment system, featuring 13 speakers as standard equipment. Specifically tailored for the convertible, the system senses when the roof is retracted and adjusts the sound stage to compensate for extra wind noise. Pricing for the DBS Volante will be announced later this week, but it's expected to cost around 300K, as the coupe fetches $274,000.
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via motor trend