The Carbon’s only bummer is that it ships exclusively with Aston’s six-speed Touchtronic automatic transmission. A 510-hp, 5.9-liter V-12 just isn’t quite as glorious as it could be if it isn’t paired with a stick. Those graced with a disposable $287,576 can take delivery of an Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition in early 2012—those who prefer their DBS Carbon Edition topless need bring $302,576.

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By Alexander Stoklosa