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The Gentleman’s convertible
There has never been a shortage of expensive car models. Many manufacturers only cater to this one market. In a way it’s kind of surprising that so many choices exist, we can almost imagine that if one manufacturer could build a $300,000 car for $100,000 then he would own the market, right. The reality is every dollar spent over $70,000 (the cost of a Lexus LS430 fully loaded) is spent not on transportation but on the luxury of exclusivity.
Few cars have every achieved the positive movie tie in as well as the Aston Martin DB5. This was the car that James Bond drove while working as a secret agent and had no trouble finding beautiful women to accompany him in this vehicle. If you have any doubts about the level of attractiveness of the girls who would compete for the audience’s attention with the DB5 remember that the term Bond girl is a verb.
The new Aston Martin DB9 Volante is the only convertible Aston Martin currently produces. The guys at Aston did not follow the trend in luxury convertibles of making the roof a hard top. This is not to say that this is one of those sunny day only convertibles that have been invading the luxury car market. What The DB9 is, is the purist form of an anglophile car ever to be built. Now that Bentley’s and Rolls-Royce are essentially German cars, the Aston Martin holds true to the concept of fine touring British gentleman’s car. It is true that there is some noise at speed over 120 mph, but unless you commute to work on the autobahn this defect won’t become a daily annoyance. The Aston Martin has a sports car heritage married with a luxury civility that other cars can’t quite duplicate.
Most people don’t realize how rare an Aston really is. With Porsche selling about 75,000 vehicles world wide and 27,000 cars in north America each year, Aston sells a total of a mere 2,000 cars annually.
The AstonDB9 Volante comes equipped with a 5.9 liter V-12 that produces 450 horsepower. With a weight of 3881 lbs you don’t get true rocket like acceleration but a time of 4.9 sec 0-60 mph is still quite respectable considering that most manufacturers don’t produce a single car under 5 seconds. With A 22 gallon tank you can expect to pay about $50 per fill up and with mileage barely in the two digits on the highway and around nine mpg in the city you will be spending some money on fuel. However, if you can afford the $2,000 per month lease payments $50 a week for gas shouldn’t hurt too much. Photos >>
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