MORE GENEVA MOTOR SHOW @ INSIDELINE.COM: www.edmunds.com Aston Martin rolls out the new DBS Volante next week at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show. It is the British automaker's 16th convertible in 95 years. The DBS Volante boasts a motorized fabric top that retracts in 14 seconds, at speeds up to 30 mph, and stows beneath a new tonneau cover. The DBS Volante is powered by Aston's superb 6.0-liter V12, which delivers 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox, the Volante rockets from zero to 60 mph in less than 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 191 mph. A six-speed automatic with manual shift capability is optional. Other features include carbon-ceramic brakes; carbon fiber hood, deck lid and front fenders; and a Bang & Olufsen BeoSound DBS premium audio system. Aston Martin expects to begin shipping the DBS Volante in the third quarter and will announce prices next week in Geneva.
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