DB9 Volante Description
In production: February 2005 – date
Chassis numbers: B02003, B02053, B02054 then from B02349 within DB9 coupe range
The elegant Aston Martin DB9 Volante made its world premiere at the 2004 Detroit North American Auto Show and European debut at Geneva in the same year, the first convertible ever to use Aston Martin’s unique VH (Vertical/Horizontal) architecture and the first to be built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.
This car was regarded more as a cruiser rather than a sporting model. To this end, the suspension was softer than its Coupe counterpart. Great care had gone into the design of the folding hood, such that for the first time, the hood folded completely away and was covered by a hard tonneau cover, which then electrically closed flush with the DB9’s bodywork, unlike the bulky hood on earlier models. At the push of a button and a mere 17 seconds later the hood was either raised or lowered. These features were possible because the folding fabric roof was made of a light, durable, material, which allowed complete and effective stowage. There was no loss of practicality and the rear seats were unobstructed leaving the same boot space (197 litres) as in the Coupe - a significant improvement from the 170 litres in the DB7 Volante.
The DB9 was conceived and designed from the outset as both a coupe and a convertible (Volante). This approach ensured that the Volante was one of the most structurally rigid and best handling convertibles in the world. It has also proved to be one of the fastest and quietest. Safety was and, indeed, had to be a major consideration. To this end, special tilt sensors detected the danger of a possible roll-over and deployed two strengthened hoops from the rear seat headrests. Further safety protection was offered by the windscreen A-pillars, which were able to withstand more than twice the total weight of the car.
Like the DB9 Coupe, power for the Volante was supplied by Aston Martin’s low emissions, all-alloy, 48 valve, 5.9 litre, V12 engine, manufactured by skilled Aston Martin technicians at the company’s dedicated engine plant in Germany. Like the DB9 Coupe, the DB9 Volante was available with a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual transmission, although the manual Volante is quite a rare car.