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How Would You Spec Your 202-MPH Aston Martin DB12 Volante?

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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?

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Aston Martin Db12 Volante Profile

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.

Aston Martin Db12 Volante Wheel

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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.

Aston Martin Db12 Volante Rear

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 Db12 Volante Interior 1

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.

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Aston Martin Db12 Volante Interior 2

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?

Aston Martin Db12 Volante Overhead Rear

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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Opa Carriker
Opa Carriker
9 months ago

I guess I’m not ready for the 21st century. For the life of me, I can’t get the damned thing to work. Can’t even get past getting a color selected. Oh well.

AlfaWhiz
AlfaWhiz
9 months ago

All good and pretty, but there is one small thing I can’t now unsee, once I spotted it earlier. That front door shut line. It just barely intersects with the side duct/molding/styling feature above and behind the front wheel. Did they really have to do it that way, seriously? OCD overload, and fitment/alignment nigtmare. Munro would not approve.

Last edited 9 months ago by AlfaWhiz
Chronometric
Chronometric
9 months ago
Reply to  AlfaWhiz

If they shortened or lengthened the feature the proportions would be wrong. I appreciate the faithful rendition of the artist’s concept, even if mundane things like door shut lines gummed up the execution.

Drew
Drew
9 months ago
Dogisbadob
Dogisbadob
9 months ago
Reply to  Drew

That’s cool

Gubbin
Gubbin
9 months ago
Reply to  Drew

Found The Joker.

Drew
Drew
9 months ago
Reply to  Gubbin

Wanna know how I got these scars? Me too; I assume I was clumsy and hurt myself, but I honestly don’t remember.

Torque
Torque
9 months ago

This car gives me viper in an expensive tux vibes

Owen Chidester
Owen Chidester
9 months ago

Here’s mine I went with a Blue theme
https://my.astnmrt.in/N8K3MMZ8HY

Goof
Goof
9 months ago

Elwood Blue is really hard to argue. I’d prefer something bolder like Bentley Kingfisher though. Aston’s older Cobalt Blue also got the best kind of attention.

Go brighter on trim save for the lowers. Warm interior, but keep the uppers darker to avoid reflections. No focusing on “sport” for sport’s sake — GT car, so just make it nice. A touch of brightwork makes for a happier car in a world where people feel they need to “murder out” their Nissan Rogue or other NPC crossover.

https://my.astnmrt.in/NZ7ZWNTOO5

Dogisbadob
Dogisbadob
9 months ago
Reply to  Goof

Elwood Blue would look good with a red interior 🙂

Rad Barchetta
Rad Barchetta
9 months ago
Reply to  Goof

Elwood Blue works best if you’re on a mission from God.

Dogisbadob
Dogisbadob
9 months ago

Here’s my configuration code:
https://my.astnmrt.in/ZJ3XYR3MRF

Drew
Drew
9 months ago
Reply to  Dogisbadob

I do really like that green, and that interior goes well with it.

S13 Sedan
S13 Sedan
9 months ago

I wish we could post pictures in the comments or better yet, link the nice .pdf brochure you can download with the car you built on it

Anyway, I ended up going with 1959 Racing green with the black and silver top, gloss black upper package and the carbon fiber lower package. For the inside, I went with the sport plus seat because it seemed like a nice compromise between sports and luxury. I kept the interior fairly subdued with black seats and sage green accents to match the paint. I also did the dark wood center trim just because I feel it isn’t a proper British car if there isn’t at least a little bit of wood in there somewhere.

Vic Vinegar
Vic Vinegar
9 months ago

1959 Racing Green or Iridescent Emerald exterior. Artic Blue/Aurora Blue Interior with tan accents. Give me the dark wood trim too. This is an Aston.

Really there are just too many choices. If I was actually buying this thing, I’d be overwhelmed. I’d want to see the color for real, which is probably impossible.

And it just shows what a chasm we have here between our regular Joe cars and rich person toys. Aston Martin has 10000 color combinations here between exterior, interior primary/secondary/trim. Toyota offers gray scale and maybe a blue and red. Interior – any color as long as its black.

Kudos to their configurator too. Every manufacturer should have one that works like that. Can sit there and play with seat belt colors for 2 hours.

SlowCarFast
SlowCarFast
9 months ago
Reply to  Vic Vinegar

Regarding seeing the paint colors for real: I will bet Aston has painted panels you can take home. I worked a few summers in an auto paint plant. I know just what they probably look like.

Last edited 9 months ago by SlowCarFast
Drew
Drew
9 months ago

I like a blue over the green and also to avoid looking at the price.

Last edited 9 months ago by Drew
Chronometric
Chronometric
9 months ago

When I decide to pick one up, you can be my order minion.

Toecutter
Toecutter
9 months ago

Is there anyway to have it built to 2/3 scale but fitting the same engine, while gutting the interior to racecar status, blocking off most of that obnoxious grille to just enough to cool the engine, and having tires with some sidewall on them?

No?

I’d rather have a DP215. 199 mph on only 323 horsepower, so it was nice and aerodynamically slippery, and light at 2,200 lbs. Modern Astons are utter CRAP compared to this, in spite of 60 years of technological advancement.

If race cars aren’t an option and I must have one of their mainstream models, give me a DB4 Zagato.

Marteau
Marteau
9 months ago

It’s a yes.

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