Looking to feel the wind through your incredibly well-groomed hair? Aston Martin has just the ticket. On Monday, the company unveiled the DB12 Volante, a headless version of its latest GT car. We’re still looking at 671 horsepower from an AMG-sourced four-liter biturbo V8, a variable locking differential, a fixed-ratio steering rack, and more leather than a Western film, but now with a top-down option. Think of it as a DB11 do-over, with an interior befitting of a quarter-million dollar machine. We’ve driven the hardtop, and from what I hear, it’s lovely.
It shouldn’t be surprising that the drop-top offers minimal compromise, with the same 202-mph V-max as the coupe and a zero-to-60 time just one tenth slower at 3.6 seconds. In fact, the most difficult part of going with the Volante is choosing a spec. Silver is a little bit boring, a seriously bright color would be a little bit garish, and green-over-tan, while lovely, is a bit typical. So what if we invert it?
Yes, I am pleased to announce that the Aston Martin DB12 Volante is available in brown. Specifically, it’s a color called Magneto Bronze which just sounds damn cool. It’s a shimmering sort of brown that pops in the sunlight, far more dynamic than a solid chocolate color and a bit of an oddball choice. Oh, and it’s a regular option too, not part of Aston Martin’s expanded Q color palette.
Complementing the tasteful, understated color is a set of optional five-spoke silver forged wheels. While the multi-spoke design is likely to be popular, I’m a sucker for silver wheels, and there’s something pleasing about a well-executed five-spoke design.
Along with clear-lens taillights, I went with the body-color lower exterior package to keep things looking clean, but I did spec the black upper exterior package so the black convertible top doesn’t clash with the windscreen surround. Dashes of chrome on the grille and emblems cap off the exterior, so the cabin is where things get wild.
Aston Martin calls the DB12 Volante a Super Tourer — a big cabriolet you can do huge distances in — so it just makes sense to go with comfort-oriented seats. As a bonus, the Inspire Comfort seats can be specced with a duotone interior, and that’s where I went a bit nuts. The upper environment is specced in Arden Green, a very dark green that adds contrast. The rest? Eifel Green, a rich medium green off the Q palette. I’ve also ticked the box for contrast stitching in Copper Tan, and went with Copper Tan brogue and Oxford Tan carpets just for a pop of something close to the exterior color inside the car.
Oh, and how about enough wood to line Don Draper’s office? A big Aston doesn’t feel right without walnut veneers, so I put them everywhere — on the dash, the doors, and the backs of the seats. With gorgeous grain and open pores, it adds heaps of tactility to an interior that’s already vastly improved over the old DB11. Speaking of tactility, how about the grillework on the optional Bowers & Wilkins stereo?
Admittedly, this isn’t a spec for everyone, but that’s the beauty of an expansive configurator. How would you spec your Aston Martin DB12 Volante? Hop this link to the configurator and let me know in the comments below.
(Photo credits: Aston Martin)
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