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 |  Feb 24 2009, 5:48 PM

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The rumors were right and Aston Martin will bring a convertible version of its impressive DBS flagship vehicle to the Geneva Auto Show in March.

Based on the same DBS platform and using the same 5.9-liter V12 engine, the DBS Volante makes 510 hp and 420 ft-lbs of torque and is capable of a 0-62 mph sprint of 4.3-seconds. Top speed is an astounding 191 mph. A six-speed manual is standard and the DBS Volante (just like the coupe) can also be ordered with a new six-speed Touchtronic automatic transmission.

The DBS Volante is the 16th convertible from Aston Martin in the company’s 95 year history.

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The soft-top convertible folds away under a sculpted tonneau cover in just 14 seconds, preserving the lines of the car no matter what. The roof can be operated at speeds up to 30 mph.

The car also features a Roll-Over-Protection-System (ROPS) which deploys two roll bars in the case of a roll-over accident.

The use of a soft top allowed Aston Martin engineers to keep weight gain to a minimum. The DBS Volante weighs a total of 3,990 lbs, compared to 3,737 for the Coupe. If that weight still sounds like a lot, we do live in the age of heavy cars and comparatively it’s quite light. After all the BMW M3 Convertible weighs 4,145 lbs.

Much of the design of the DBS Volante is borrowed from the coupe although a new carbon fiber deck lid was designed for the convertible. The car also features a new line that runs from the front to the back of the car, right from the hood, across the door tops and over the rear fenders, giving the DBS Volante some unique character of its own.

As with the DBS coupe, the Volante uses carbon fiber for the hood, front fenders, and trunk. These weight-saving measures help keep heft down to a minimum and it doesn’t end there. Along with light weight 20-inch wheels and carbon composite brakes, the DBS Volante also uses light weight material for the carpets and the carbon fiber pieces are coated in a 200 micron-thin layer of glue before receiving seven layers of paint.

2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante

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Official release after the jump:

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 |  Feb 03 2009, 12:11 PM

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After releasing the first production pictures of its Rapide saloon, there is now a rumor from Aston Martin that the company will bring two new models to the Geneva Auto Show: a car based on the V12 Vantage RS Concept and a drop-top version of the flagship DBS.

We’re most excited about the possibility of a V12-powered Vantage. The concept car featured a 600hp version of Aston’s 6.0-liter V12 engine and weighed less than 3,530 lbs – thanks to gobs and gobs of carbon fiber parts. The concept car has an estimated 0-62 mph time of 4.0 seconds. We don’t expect a production version to be quite as powerful or as light as the concept but a more hard-core Vantage would certainly be welcomed.

The second model might not get our blood pumping quite as quickly but we certainly wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to drive a convertible version of the shockingly-good DBS. This vehicle is also significantly more likely to actually become a reality.

V12 Vantage RS Concept:

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[Source: The Motor Report]

V12 Vantage RS Concept press release after the jump:

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