January 6, 2004
Aston Martin DB9 Volante “not a coupe with the top taken off”
Detroit, Michigan – On sale this Fall, the Aston Martin DB9 Volante will be built at
the company’s newly opened Aston Martin Gaydon facility alongside the new DB9 Coupe.
Aston Martin hopes to sell 2000 DB9 models, half of them convertibles. Pricing will
be announced at a later date.
Dr Ulrich Bez, CEO 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
The power convertible top is operated by the push of a button and retracts within 17
seconds. When down, it folds under a hard tonneau cover, which then electrically
closes flush with the DB9’s bodywork. The DB9 Volante has a trunk capacity of
197-litres (170-litres in the DB7) and has two rear seats.
In the event of a rollover, 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. No performance figures have
yet been issued by Aston Martin but the Volante will be able to achieve a 0-100 km/h
in under 5 seconds and a top speed of more than 300 km/h. Like the DB9 Coupe it will
be offered with a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission.