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...