Aston Martin is to price its stunning new soft-top DB9 Volante at the same level as a hard-top Bentley Continental GT, further enhancing the choice for luxury sports car buyers.
The 2+2 DB9 Volante, revealed this week ahead of its debut at January's Detroit Motor Show, will throw down the gauntlet to Bentley, whose soft-top Continental GT is at least two years from production.
The price will be finalised closer to launch, but expect it to be around £110,000 - a 10 per cent premium over the coupé.
And the DB9 Volante is shaping up to be a class above the soft-top Astons of recent history.
Underpinned by a stiff, bonded aluminium structure, it promises better ride and handling, while its clean-sheet design means that its roof folds flush with the boot under a hard cover, a big improvement over the 'pram' design of the DB7 Volante.
'We planned a convertible from the beginning,' said Aston boss Uli Bez, 'so the Volante has been thoroughly designed and engineered from the outset.'