The Q by Aston Martin program has been around for only two years, but most of its creations are definitely bound to become valuable classics. The latest vehicle coming from the company’s personalization arm is no exception and, unlike other bespoke Aston Martins, is crossing "the Pond" to be auctioned for charity in Los Gatos, California. The sports car in question is an equestrian-themed DB9 Volante.
Just like the unique 2014 Ferrari FF Dressage Edition the Italians launched in China earlier in 2014, the DB9 Volante by Q pays tribute to the equestrian lifestyle. Not at all surprising considering its British roots and the fact that it will cross the block during the Menlo Charity Horse Show, one of the finest equestrian events in the United States.
Equipped with a unique interior that boasts more luxury than any other production DB9, this equestrian-inspired convertible will generate a $10,000 donation to benefit the Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired. The sports car will be auctioned off by Los Gatos Aston Martin between August 5th and 10th, 2014.
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Aston Martin DB9 Volante By Q By Aston Martin in detail
From the outside, this DB9 Volante is pretty much a regular production sports car. However, once inside, bidders will notice that the bespoke cabin is packed with a number of exclusive features, ranging from special leathers and Alcantara surfaces to unique embroidering and even a saddle-like storage compartment.
Most of the interior is wrapped in Saddle Tan Luxmill leather, one of the finest cow hides available from the Q Heritage palette. Contrasting the tan leather are the diamond-quilted Alcantara seating surfaces and door panels. The steering wheel, the dashboard, and the floor mats are all finished in a similar shade of tan. In the back, an authentic equestrian saddle-leather storage compartment resides between the seats, while the front headrests are adorned by white stitching and embroidered horse logos. The latter can also be seen on the rear console, right above the fancy saddle storage area.
There’s no word on power upgrades, so it’s safe to assume the DB9 is still motivated by its stock, 5.9-liter, V-12 engine. The naturally aspirated mill churns out 510 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque, which is enough for the 0-to-60-mph sprint to be achieved in just 4.9 seconds.
Introduced in 2004 as a replacement to the DB7 , the DB9 is front-engined, rear-wheel-drive vehicle sporting a 2+2 seating configuration. Introduced shortly after the coupe, the DB9 Volante — Aston-speak for convertible — rides on a strengthened version of the company’s VH platform and a softened suspension. The cabriolet weight about 130 pounds more than the coupe and comes with a folding fabric roof that takes 17 seconds to fold.
Although powered by the same 510-horsepower engine as its coupe sibling, the DB9 Volante has its top speed limited to 165 mph. The DB9’s most recent upgrade dates back to 2013, when minor exterior and interior changes, and a powerplant update were introduced.