Then finally we were lucky enough to be exposed to premature skin cancer in the DBS roadster - I just love saying it, Volante - I'm probably pronouncing it wrong but every time the word comes to me I imagine I'm ordering a side dish to a steak - yes I'd like a fillet mignon with volante and asparagus stalks. Mmmmm.
And it is a delicious car - like basically all 2+2's the rear seats are quite hilarious, the only way we could reasonably imagine them useful is cruising for midget hookers - alas, we were in wine country.
You kind of get in expecting the drive to be like naval warfare, it just somehow looks bigger and softer yet pulls off toughness - like a carbon fibre marshmallow. Thing is though, the steering is pinky-finger light and extremely responsive - there's an ever so slight vagueness at dead centre, but I didn't take notice of any issue when pointing the car a different direction.
Handling is very neutral, you very quickly gain confidence to really approach a bends without much fear of understeer or inertia - indeed on some of the tighter corners it just felt nice and chuckable, wishing I could hit the TCS/burnout button and "test" the car like the TG boys forever sideways on the airstrip. Oh well - let's just be thankful that was never attempted.
The sound is more deep and throaty than Linda Lovelace, a nurturing rumble at cruising - and when the foot goes down or the tacho snags 5k the active exhaust bellows out like Barry White getting bamboo shoots up his fingernails.
sound system from B&O seems pretty dam good - we didn't get much of a chance to really test it, but we tried a bit of poofy dance and some sweeping classical at more than comfortable volumes on the slow dirt-track section of The Lanes Winery and the sound was crisp, the range better than my 90's-techno-rave-deafened ears can discern, and the bass was meatier than a buffalo but it didn't cause any rattles or distortion.
The one hang-up I have about the DBS Volante is the paddle-shift, this car needs a stick dammit. The gearshifts just didn't seem precise - when you are doing the take-off you really want a good solid and clean shift from first to second, but I found it seems to waver up around redline for a while like it's hunting for the next gear, it's quite disconcerting and you feel as though you've lost momentum. Dropping down a cog or two as you approach a corner you just don't feel as though you might have the right gear, admittedly I've only driven it for less than an hour so it might be a learning process, but I couldn't help thinking it just wasn't suitable for this car.