The DB9 Volante is one of the most sensational-looking cars on the road, and its looks are backed up by a growling V12 engine.
Removing the roof has done nothing for the DB9’s structural stiffness – any imperfection in the road surface sends shudders through the car’s body. There’s too much road noise and some of the cabin materials feel low-rent.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The DB9 Volante is powered by a 5.9-litre V12 engine that pulls seriously hard from low revs, so overtaking is effortless. Buyers can choose from a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic with manual override; the latter swaps ratios smoothly, but feels a little flat-footed when you want to push on.
Ride & Handling
On smooth, fast roads the DB9 Volante feels composed and grippy, but throw in some surface variations and it fidgets. Also, while the ride is more forgiving than the coupe version’s, bumps and broken surfaces send shudders through the steering wheel. The steering is overly heavy, too.
The Italians aren’t alone in making fabulous-sounding 12-cylinder engines. The Aston sounds as good as any and, with the roof down, there’s less to separate you from the glorious howl it bellows under acceleration. The huge tyres kick up lots of road noise, though, and you aren’t that well protected from wind buffeting with the roof down.