Portrait of a Supercar: Aston Martin DBS Volante V12

There are many cases in cinema where the car makes the man. I can’t take all the credit, but James Bond wouldn’t be nearly as “James Bond” if it weren’t for my sleek bullet-like persona. The way I shot through the scenes of Casino Royale reminds one of the devilish days of heroes from Aston Martin’s past. It started in 1964 with the DB5 in Goldfinger, progressed to the DBS in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and while others were used before the V12 Vanquish in Die Another Day, nothing matches the DBS Volante V12 Convertible.

I am the call to every man’s vehicular dreams. My 510-horsepower, all-aluminum V12 power will keep you spoiled with the thrills of open-air motoring. My exterior is not only architecturally significant, but modern enough to be suitable for both the distinguished gentleman of taste and the young man flashing his new dime.

With me you’ll feel young again and invigorated with the open-air swoosh of the outside elements. Aston Martin says it best on their website—and I’m flattered—“This juxtaposition of ultimate performance and openness stirs the senses on any drive whether an exhilarating jaunt on favored roads or cruising on lengthy journeys.”

If you succumb to your indulgences and drive with me for even one day, you’ll be changed. It’ll happen once the wind rushes around my aerodynamically crafted carriage and breezes your thoughts away.

In case you’re wondering, Volante means “moving with light rapidity,” and it’s a sensational nickname I might add. Along with many fine vehicles, I’m built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire in England.

For music enthusiasts and those who appreciate the senses, the Bang & Olufsen’s highly-touted “BeoSound DBS” accounts for the in-car entertainment system, featuring 13 speakers as the standard.

And if you like it rough, my sport mode can be activated by a button on the center console, engaging a sharper and more forceful gearshift.

There’s something about timeless names and cars that keep the legends of the past alive forever. While I’m just an infant and my predecessors are the real traditionalists, I am the James Bond of sports cars. Cocky? I think not. You can call me zealous.

Whether on Sunrise Highway out to the Hamptons or cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway, you’ll turn heads if you’re driving a DBS Volante. I’m not just a car…I’m a lifestyle.

5.9L V 12 DOHC engine
0-62mph in 4.3 seconds?
Max speed: manual 191mph
510bhp at 6500rpm
420 lb.ft at 5750rpm

cal hunter

At night when Cal Hunter's family is asleep, the only thing he loves more than a tall glass of Wild Turkey next to his Mac is the clicking of keys when thoughts become words and sentences become a story. He thinks, he lives, he writes. There isn't much more to know.