DBS V12 Volante
DBS V12 Volante

DBS V12 Volante

(2009 - 2012)

2010MY, 2011MY & 2012MY

The much anticipated DBS Volante was unveiled as expected at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show with a promise to go on sale later in 2009. Featuring the 510 bhp V12 from the DBS coupe coupled with a substantially stiffened VH chassis, the DBS Volante was theoretically capable of 191 mph. Both the 6 speed manual and 6 speed Touchtronic 2 gearboxes were be available from launch and only available in 2+2 configuration, with a new shaped tonneau cover similar to that on the V8 Roadster. Apparently not only was the DBS Volante a faster car than the DB9 Volante, the roof also retracted 4 seconds quicker at 14 seconds - even whilst driving upto 30mph.

DBS V12 Volante

The Volante closely followed the coupe with carbon splitter, carbon diffuser and the powerful carbon ceramic brakes. Fitted to the red 2009 Geneva Show Car, you will notice though that the wheels were a new 10 spoke design that also became an option on the coupe. The show car featured an interesting colour combination of a new dark metallic red (Magma Red) with Havana Tan leather interior.

The press launch for the DBS Volante was held during Le Mans 2009 with many of the factory demonstrators being driven by AML ‘top brass’. Many were in attendance the AMOC 50th anniversary reception at the Hotel de France, La Chartre-sur-le-Loir, the home to the Aston Martin race team for much of the 1950’s including the year of the only Aston Martin victory in 1959.

When production of the DBS Volante ended in the Summer of 2012, a total of 846 examples had been completed, including Carbon Black, Carbon Edition and Ultimate Special Edition cars. Most were supplied with Touchtronic 2 transmission; the manual DBS Volante is a very rare beast indeed and will become a particularly desirable motorcar in the future.

  • Body/Coachwork:
    • Extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure
    • Two-door convertible body style with 2+2 seating
    • Aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre composite body
    • Extruded aluminium door side-impact beams
    • Mohair roof, retracts in 14 seconds underneath a hard tonneau cover at speeds of upto 30mph.
    • Incorporates a layer of Thinsulate and with Rokona headlining instead of alcantara
    • Automatically deployed roll-over bars
    • Halogen projector headlamps (main beam)
    • High Intensity Discharge headlamps (dipped beam)
    • clear LED rear lamps
  • Interior:
    • Full grain semi-aniline leather interior with ‘Matrix’ alloy facia
    • Iridium Silver centre console outer finish and graphite inner finish.
    • Alcantara not available
    • Leather sports steering wheel
    • Carbon fibre door trims and door pulls
    • Electrically adjustable Sports seats with side airbags
    • Memory seats & exterior mirrors (three positions)
    • Dual-stage driver / front passenger front airbags
    • Powerfold exterior heated mirrors
    • Heated front seats
    • Heated rear screen
    • Automatic temperature control
    • Organic Electroluminescent (OEL) displays
    • Trip computer
    • Cruise control
    • Bluetooth® telephone preparation
    • Satellite navigation system
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Tyre pressure monitoring system
    • Alarm and immobiliser
    • Remote-control central door locking and boot release
    • Glass ECU
    • Tracking device (UK only)
    • LED map-reading lights
    • Boot-mounted umbrella
    • Lamy pen and pen holder (‘Touchtronic 2’ only)
  • Engine:
    • All-alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935cc V12
    • Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
    • Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active bypass valves
    • Compression ratio 10.9:1
    • Maximum power 380 kW (517 PS/510 bhp) at 6500 rpm
    • Maximum torque 570 Nm (420 lb ft) at 5750 rpm


  • Transmission:
    • Rear mid-mounted, six-speed manual transmission
    • Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system available as a cost option, later fitted as standard
    • Alloy torque tube with carbon-fibre propeller shaft
    • Limited-slip differential
    • Final-drive ratio (Manual) 3.71:1
    • Final-drive ratio (‘Touchtronic 2’) 3.46:1


  • Steering:
    • Rack and pinion, Servotronic speed-sensitive power-assisted steering, 3.0 turns lock-to-lock
    • Column tilt and reach adjustment


  • Wheels and tyres:
    • 20” 20-spoke cast alloy silver painted wheels
    • Front Wheel: 8.5J x 20”
    • Rear Wheel: 11J x 20”
    • Front Tyre: Pirelli P Zero 245/35 zR20
    • Rear Tyre: Pirelli P Zero 295/30 zR20
    • tyre repair kit


  • Suspension:
    • Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Track mode
    • Front: Independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers
    • Rear: Independent double wishbones with anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, coil springs, anti-roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers


  • Brakes:
    • Front: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 398mm diameter with six-piston monobloc calipers
    • Rear: Ventilated carbon ceramic discs, 360mm diameter with four-piston monobloc calipers
    • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with Track mode
    • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
    • Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
    • Traction control (TC)


  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 4721mm
    • Width: 1905mm excluding wing mirrors
    • Height: 1280mm
    • Wheelbase: 2740mm
    • Front Track: 1568mm
    • Rear Track: 1562mm
    • Kerb Weight: 1810 kg manual, 1850 kg auto
    • Power to weight ratio 282 bhp/tonne
  • Performance:
    • Acceleration – manual 0-100 km/h  (0-62 mph) in 4.3 seconds
    • Maximum speed 190 mph (305 km/h)
    • Maximum speed (‘Touchtronic 2’ – restricted) 183 mph (295 km/h)


  • Price at launch:
    • 2009 (2010MY) £179,500 (manual), £182,500 (Touchtronic 2)