2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante

Rating: 6

Damage: $285,990
Power: 510hp, 420 lb.-ft.
0-60: 4.3 seconds
Gas Cash: 11 city, 17 hwy
Miles Driven: 81

For the same-size knot you would need to tie to make an Aston Martin DBS Volante yours, you could pick up a Bentley GTC Speed with enough change leftover to buy a Honda Civic, maybe two. Yes, the DBS Volante is rich ($285,990), but there’s something different about it, primarily that your neighbor won’t be flashing its identical twin in his driveway. Astons—like Cuban cigars, fine cognacs and older women—are for the connoisseur with discerning tastes. Hop in one and it will all make sense instantly.
First things first: Drop the top. In less than 12 seconds, the retractable fabric roof folds neatly into a compartment behind the rear seats, which is really just for storing purses and fitted caps, certainly not people. The full-grain leather buckets are not only as supportive as they are comfortable, they are all made from a single hide so as to guarantee a perfect match. The door handles and trim are done in a perfect dry-carbon weave, and the rest of the dash fascia is treated to an alloy finish. Fancy? Yes, but nothing screams bougie like the Lamy pen you will find located in a nifty holder above the center console. It’s for signing checks, of course.

To awaken the 48-valve V12 that sits in front of you, simply push the key—jeweled out of glass—into the center of the dash. It’s a deep roar that, even at idle, reminds the common folk you opted to put the S in place of the 9 in DB9. A quick stab of gas will jettison the Aston to 62 mph in just 4.3 seconds, and if you keep the foot planted, it won’t quit until the needle is reading 191 mph—which is a fabulous experience with the wig pushed back. And as if the melody spouting from the hand-built engine isn’t enough for you, the Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system will keep in check with not only road noise but wind noise too. Thank a high-tech microphone mounted above the windshield for that one. A bit much you might say…but not really if you are paying the price. – BRIAN SCOTTO