The Aston Martin DBS was a GT car originally produced between 1967 and 1972. In its first run, there were only 787 DBS units made. Intended to succeed the DB6, the first DBS was designed by William Towns. A variant of the car fitted with a V8 engine was released in 1969 and was dubbed the DBS V8. In the same year, the car was featured on the James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The re-launched version of the car called the DBS V12 came out in other Bond movies, Casino Royale in 2007, and Quantum Solace in 2008. The DBS V12 is based off the DBR9 race car (a variant of the DB9) and uses the VH platform. With its introduction, the DBS V12 replaces the Vanquish S as Aston Martin’s flagship vehicle.
The Aston Martin DBS is styled like a DB9 so there is comfort in familiarity. However, there are also add-ons on the car which makes it a completely different vehicle than its more basic cousin. These add-ons include carbonfibre door mirror mounts, a carbonfibre front splitter, and a carbonfibre rear diffuser. Yes, all of them are made from carbonfibre.
And if you get the Volante, you’re going to end up with an even better looking DBS, with a folding cloth roof that looks amazing up or down. But more than just making a pretty car, the use of a cloth roof instead of a hard top allowed the DBS to gain no more than 115kgs on the overall. This also prevented the use of a bulky rear which helped keep the seamless, polished look of the car.
Top speed is set at 191mph and the DBS can go from 0 to 60mph within 4.2 seconds, going further to 100mph in just 8.7 seconds. The V12 it uses? Just sounds incredibly delicious. In fact, it sounds the best it has ever had since Aston Martin started using the engine. The six-speed gearbox may be simple but it perfectly suits the character of the DBS.
Inside, Aston Martin has done wonderfully to make the interior of the DBS look superb. Unfortunately, a car is a machine and machines are supposed to function properly. For starters, there’s the ancient sat-nav system which is really dreadful to use. There are many buttons to use on the centre console but many of these are hidden by a big lever. You’ll eventually get used to fiddling away with these kinks but it’s going to take a long while until it feels intuitive. At the very least, the speed dial is digital so you at least can easily how fast you’re going.
There aren’t any real seats in the rear except for hollowed-out shells that’s why the DBS is also referred to as a “2+0” vehicle. This makes taking passengers impossible though the DBS isn’t really designed to move people in the first place. But since there are no seats at the back, you get extra luggage space to add to what the boot is capable of given that it’s quite shallow.
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