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Aston Martin DBS


Published on 27 November 2013 01:00

The Aston Martin DBS is one of those beautiful Aston flagship that will always a ready used market. it be a classic model? Probably The DBS replaced the Vanquish and it was replaced by the which, in a nutshell, identifies its manufacturer’s allegiances lay.

If the DBS was marking time, it did so very and there are many who prefer the lines of the DBS to the more powerhouse and feel of a Vanquish. Here’s to look for when looking for a example.


2dr coupe and (5.9 petrol [UB-2010, Black])


Introduced in the Aston Martin DBS will be to many as Daniel Craig’s ride in his excellent turn as Bond in Casino Royale. car was spectacularly wrecked on the hill at Millbrook test track in a for the movie but by then the car had made the impression with movie worldwide.

What wasn’t so publicised was the fact that the DBS at its heart, no more than a of the more affordable DB9 but it was smarter, and lighter. The DBS heralded a new era. developed under Ford, its always lay firmly with a who promised to make Aston a desirable niche sportscar with its own direction rather a premium brand tied to a corporation.

No more borrowed bits or on development, we were promised. And to be they’ve made good on promise. The old Newport Pagnell was closed and production that had undertaken at Steyr in Austria is now all in house at Gaydon in the UK.

The DBS rather spawned a Volante convertible in 2009 and this was followed by the Black edition featuring Carbon Black metallic especially formulated with a metallic twist to create a rich patina. In production, car underwent 50 man-hours of hand followed by stringent quality Inside, there’s Obsidian leather highlighted with a silver coarse stitch.

seats formed from Fibre and Kevlar saving 17 kg the standard seat also on all models, together with a black finish for the fascia centre stack and centre plus anodised black plates and unique sill to build on the carbon theme. also a magnificent Bang Beosound DBS audio system

A of unique DBS models were most notably the vanity that was the UB-2010 edition. to commemorate Dr. Ulrich Bez’s year as Chief Executive of the this was a limited run of 40 DBS models, 20 Coupes and 20 Volantes.

Each of these unique DBS cars were specified by Dr. Bez and featured an ‘¿Azurite Black’ finish, metallic bronze seats with woven inserts and a ‘¿Cryptic Titan’ finish. Each car also ‘¿UB-2010′ sill plaques by Dr.

Bez, together with a inspection plate.

You need DBS special editions? We’ve had the Black, why not reprise that the Carbon edition in 2011. No for originality, but the car itself is worth out for. It was offered in Flame and Ceramic Grey together the existing Carbon Black. A for Aston Martin here was the to specify a satin lacquer finish, creating a silk-like

The Carbon Edition also got gloss black diamond wheels. Harmonising with the finish, it had a black grille, fibre mirror heads, rear lamp in-fills and rear lights. The interior was finished in obsidian black or orange semi-aniline leather.

You Get

Designer Marek Reichman had to the DBS on the existing DB9, so there inevitably some compromises the clean-sheet Vanquish creators have to concern themselves Aston Martin describe car as ‘the culmination of the DB bloodline’, it to bridge the gap between the more DB9 and more track-focused Astons the DBRS9 racer.

Reichman’s brief at the beginning was to the DB9 design by 20mm, add 20-inch (for the first time on an widen the track (by 20mm at the and 40mm at the rear) and make the look that bit more Most will agree he’s succeeded.

For some owners, the fact that the two rear child seats only optional in this car and have been deleted by first time buyers be bad news, making car unusable for the occasions when they to step in on the school run or run friends from the pub. No one will be by the lack of luggage space Specially tailored Aston luggage is probably a must.

includes everything you would from a car like this: memory heated sports with ten-way electric parking sensors, a trip power-folding mirrors, those 20-inch alloys, sat nav and a beautifully interior set off by an all-alloy centre There’s a very sophisticated car and a tracking device should the happen.

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What to Look For

Aston Martin DBS

Look out for chipping on the front of the car. owners usually specify protection. There have been some reports of navigation screens switching spuriously into night so check that this as specified. The engines are generally but there are a few small things to for when buying. Insurance be extremely expensive.

It’s in the top for road fund licence and a £250 Horizon Eurowatch annual fee to take on. Make you get at least one Tracker fob and ensure the seller demonstrates how to pair phone to the Tracker. A spare key is essential in case you smash the glass one.

Finally, sure you get an Aston Martin if shopping at a main dealer!


(approx based on a DBS Coupe) Spares prices are with a supercar. You’ll £500 if you manage to nerf one of your front splitter on a hump. Specialists will be to replace front wing at £1,110 a go, while recon motors are around £200.

Air are around £82 and should an thrush dive through front grille, you’ll £650 to purchase a new one.

On the Road

The engine bay actually where much of the development for this car was spent.

The Vanquish’s 48-valve 6.0-litre V12 still here, though it’s enhanced with a smarter system that opens at revs to provide additional air. There’s also a higher compression ratio and inlet ports, all of which, claims, gives the car a bit more zip at revs. You wouldn’t know from looking at the bald – maximum power of and torque of 420Ib ft, a step from the figures recorded by the old (520bhp and 425Ib ft).

Yet car is significantly faster and the reason hard to find. Carbon body panels (a first for Martin), lighter seats and brakes help to curb by 120kg (around 7%) over the Vanquish. All of which helps the DBS the kind of pace that at set it clearly above any car the marque had yet Rest to sixty takes over 4 seconds and rest to occupies only 9.4s. The top

191mph. The awful semi-automatic of the Vanquish was ditched in this car for a far satisfying 6-speed manual. The are ceramic and proved to be a huge on the steel discs previously which tended to fade with hard track

The lighter weight of course has benefits too and this car will feel more agile to used to the more GT-orientated of its predecessor. There’s quicker and suspension that has been stiffened and lowered. Despite the engineers have gone to a lot of to ensure that the ride comfortable over rough


The Aston Martin DBS that you can buy an exotic car without worrying that it’ll out its dummy in the traffic or throw a when it’s not used for a Does this make it any special? No, it’s just a to its depth of engineering.

We might that all Astons look the but with a private plate on it, how would be able to distinguish a 2007 DBS and a 2013 Vanquish? The DBS not go down as one of the classic Astons in to come, but as a used supercar right here, right it’s extremely tough to especially if you can choose a low mileage car that’s sliced off the steepest of its depreciation curve. Happy

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