Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Gen1)




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Aston Martin DB9 Volante (Gen1)

Year of production 2004 - 2012

Model: DB9 (2004 - 2016)

Wikipedia (DB9): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aston_Martin_DB9

The Aston Martin DB9 Volante is the convertible version of the DB9 coupe. The chassis, though stiffer, uses the same base VH platform. To protect occupants from rollovers, the Volante has strengthened the windshield pillars and added two pop-up hoops behind the rear seats. The hoops cannot be disabled and will break the car's rear window if deployed. In an effort to improve the Volante's ride while cruising, Aston Martin have softened the springs and lightened the anti-roll bars in the Volante, leading to a gentler suspension. The retractable roof of the Volante is made of folding fabric and takes 17 seconds to be put up or down. The Volante weighs 59 kilograms (130 pounds) more than the coupe.

The coupe and Volante both share the same semi-automatic and automatic gearboxes and engine. The car is limited to 266 km/h (165 mph) to retain the integrity of the roof. Like the coupe, the original Volante has 569 N·m (420 lbf·ft) of torque at 5,000 rpm and a maximum power of 456 PS (450 hp) at 6,000 rpm. The 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) is slowed to 4.9 seconds due to the additional weight. On newer models, like the coupe's, the Volante's horsepower and torque have increased to 517 PS (510 hp) and 620 N·m (457 lbf·ft) respectively.

DB9 Volante (MY2005 on)

(2004 - 2008)

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. However it was another 12 months before customers were able to purchase the Volante as Aston Martin engineers wanted the convertible to be the most structurally rigid and best handling convertible of it's time.

The DB9 Volante shared the same mechanical specification as the coupe but was regarded as a cruiser rather than and out-and-out sportscar and thus thesuspension was made softer than its coupe counterpart. Performance was very close to that of the coupe as the open car weighed in at only about 100kg more at 1815kg for the manual and  1855kg for the Touchtronic 2. The 0-60 time was a claimed to be an impressive 4.9 seconds but the top speed of the Volante was electronically limited to 165mph until the introduction of the 2006.5MY car when this was increased to 186mph.

The electrically folding roof of the DB9 Volante was of the standard mohair fabric type – the current fashion for a folding steel roof wasn’t followed as it would have eaten greatly into the boot space and increased weight. Indeed the packaging of the roof allowed the Volante almost as much boot space as the coupe and a useful increase over the pervious DB7 Volante. But unlike all previous Volantes, the roof folded fully in 17 seconds and stored neatly under a hard tonneau cover. In the event of a potential roll-over, special tilt sensors detected the danger and hoops could be rapidly deployed from the rear head restraints. If the roof was erected at the time – the hoops were designed to ‘punch’ through the rear window glass. 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. Also in line with the DB9 Coupe, the DB9 Volante was available with a six-speed paddle shift automatic (Touchtronic 2) or a six-speed manual transmission, although the manual Volante is quite a rare car as the auto was the popular choice.

The production DB9 Volante made its European debut at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. The AM Racing Green example featured the optional new 15 spoke diamond turned wheel, Parliament Green leather, Touchtronic 2 transmission and walnut facia.

During the production of the DB7, open versions have accounted for almost half of total production and trend continued with the DB9. Production of the Volante began in early 2005 at a rate of around 1000 examples a year with an introductory price of £112,000 (manual) and £115,000 (Touchtronic 2).

DB9 Volante (MY2009 on)

For the 2009MY, the DB9 Volante was also revised alongside the coupe. Especially significant for the Volante were revisions to the front shear panel which increased torsional rigidity by 10%, further improving refinement. The particular car (above) was the new optional and very attractive 20 spoke alloy wheels.

The revised DB9 Volante became available from the second quarter of 2008 with a price in the UK of £122,950. These photos were taken of cars at the Geneva Salon 2008 and 2009.

Early in 2010, the Volante, previously denied the Sports Pack option could be specified with a new Premium Sports Pack which consisted of an Adaptive Damping System as first seen on the DBS.

DB9 Volante (MY2011 on)

Introduced simultaneously with the coupe, the Volante was given the same upgrades as the coupe including the desirable standard fitting on the Adaptive Damping System.

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