Aston Martin is currently in the process of reimagining its aged lineup, and while the DB9 has just been replaced by the DB11, British design house Kahn managed to get ahold of a few copies of the grand tourer to do its own personal tinkering with. A car like the DB9 is one of the best automotive designs of its time and should not be held hostage by the patent holder. Instead it should be shared so that artists can do what artists do best: rip off one style and put their own spin on it.
A copy of the resulting spin Kahn’s designers put on the DB9, a topless Volante model no less, was unveiled at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show where our photographers spotted it and let the shutters click away. Built on Aston Martin’s bonded aluminum and composite VH platform, the Kahn Vengeance Volante maintains structural rigidity without adding too much weight. It’s not a terrible sin if the Vengeance Volante teeters on the portly side because Kahn left the 6.0-liter V12 engine intact. Like a powerful Bentley, speed is attainable, but the $583,000 Vengeance Volante is best enjoyed when cruising down a curvaceous country road with the top down while wearing a satisfied smirk.
Some may wonder why it’s so expensive, especially for what amounts to little more than an Aston Martin DB9 Volante with a restyled body, and those are precisely the people who will never own one. Neither will you for that matter because Kahn is only building two examples of the Volante to go with the three coupes. Styling cues harken back to Aston Martins of old and mesh nicely with the fluted black leather seats and complex yet beautiful wheels. “Creating a convertible version of the Vengeance posed some challenges, given the unique coach built nature of the vehicle, but we’ve overcome them in true British fashion,” said Kahn boss Afzal Kahn. Put your orders in now because these will sell out very soon if they aren’t sold out already.