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Aston Martin DBS Volante Review


The Aston Martin DBS Volante both intrigues and enthralls.

On one hand, every aspect of the DBS is set up to accommodate high-speed operation. On the other, it’s all cloaked in a graciousness not typically associated with that purpose. What’s absolutely remarkable is the way the trappings of luxury have been bent to serve the needs of the enthusiast driver.

When you drive the DBS, snapping the throttle to the floor releases an adrenal-coursing snarl and the hand-assembled 6.0-liter V-12 eagerly releases 420 ft-lbs of torque. While you’re relishing the beauty of the sound--affording it a mere four seconds of your attention to do so--the Aston is streaking past 60 mph with lots of tachometer swing before the six-speed transmission’s paddle shift from first to second comes due. 

Braking for a corner, the firmness of the pedal, combined with the ease with which the modulation of braking forces can be accomplished, both astonishes and simultaneously instills confidence. The huge carbon brakes are extremely generous in that fashion.

Turning into the curve, you’re lavished with near mathematical precision from the steering, accompanied by tremendous adhesion to the tarmac. As the Aston slices into the corner, the very image of stability and control, a smile spreads to encompass your entire face. Pegging the throttle off the apex, you go racing off toward the next opportunity to repeat the process.

When conditions inhibit your visceral appreciation of the Aston, your eye is rewarded with example after example of exceptional beauty and attention to detail. Lots of sports cars are fast, many are luxurious. Quite a few (most of them English, by the way) are both luxurious and fast. But the Aston Martin DBS Volante is quite possibly the most intoxicating blend of pace and grace one could ever experience.

Perhaps it's no coincidence the first part of the word "astonishing"--is Aston.

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