As if the DB9 weren't already sexy as all get-out, Aston Martin
is rolling out a topless version this fall. The coupe's swoopy styling--by Henrik Fisker--is undiminished by the top chopping, and Aston even managed to maintain the rear seats (although they are largely decorative). The soft top is fully automatic and stores under a hard tonneau. In the event of a rollover, pop-up hoops deploy from behind the rear headrests. Like the coupe, the Volante is powered by a 5.9-liter V-12 with a choice of a six-speed manual or a paddle-shift automatic transmission.
ON SALE: Fall 2004
PRICE: $175,000 (est.)
ENGINE: 450-hp, 5.9-liter V-12
BOTTOM LINE: It knows the way to Saint-Tropez.