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.
Aston Martin DB9 Volante 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.
Aston Martin DB9 Volante refinement
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.