Aston Martin DBS

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This article is about a 1967–72 GT car. For the 2008 car, see Aston Martin DBS V12.
Aston Martin DBS
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Overview
Manufacturer Aston Martin Ltd.
Production 1967–1972
787 produced[1]
Designer William Towns
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout FR layout
Related Aston Martin V8
Powertrain
Engine 4.0 L DOHC I6
Transmission Borg-Warner automatic
or 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,610 mm (102.8 in)[2]
Length 4,585 mm (180.5 in)
Width 1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height 1,330 mm (52.4 in)
Curb weight 1,590 kg (3,510 lb) (approx)
Chronology
Predecessor Aston Martin DB6
Successor Aston Martin Vantage/Aston Martin V8

The Aston Martin DBS is a GT car produced by the British manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda Limited from 1967 to 1972. The DBS was featured in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. A new version, based heavily on the Aston Martin DB9, is featured in the 2006 film Casino Royale and the 2008 film Quantum of Solace (see Aston Martin DBS V12).

Original DBS (1967–72)[edit]

The Tadek Marek-designed inline-six engine of a DBS

The DBS was intended as the successor to the Aston Martin DB6, although the two ran concurrently for three years. Powered by a straight-six engine, it was produced from 1967 until 1972, eventually being phased out in favour of the Aston Martin V8.

It was a larger coupé than the DB6, with four full sized seats, but was powered by the same 4.0 L engine as the previous car. Claimed engine output was 282 bhp (210 kW; 286 PS), but a no-cost vantage engine option used Italian made Weber carburetors, increasing output to an advertised 325 bhp (242 kW; 330 PS).[3]

The DBS was intended to have a more "modern" look than the previous series of Aston models (the DB4 through DB6), and it incorporated a fastback style rear end and squared off front grille, atypical of Astons at the time, but very much then in vogue in automotive design circles of the late sixties. Trademark Aston design features, such as a bonnet scoop, knock off wire wheels, and side air vents with stainless steel brightwork were however retained. The DBS was the last Aston Martin to be built under David Brown's control.[3]

Specifications (1972)[edit]

  • Weight: 3,760 lb (1,706 kg)
  • Engine: 4.0L DOHC straight-6
  • Power: 283 bhp (211 kW; 287 PS) at 5500 rpm
  • Torque: 390.5 N·m (288.0 lb·ft) at 3850 rpm


DBS V8 (1969 to 1972)[edit]

Main article: Aston Martin V8
Aston Martin DBS V8

In September 1969, the DBS was made available with a 5340cc V8 engine, this variant being known as the DBS V8.[4] At the time, it was the fastest 4 seater production car in the world.[4] The new model was fitted with light alloy wheels (as opposed to wire wheels on the DBS) and ventilated brake discs.[4] Automatic transmission was offered as an alternative to the ZF 5 speed manual gearbox.[4] The DBS V8 was produced until May 1972, after which it was given a single headlamp front end and was renamed to AM V8.[4]

Popular culture[edit]

The DBS was used by George Lazenby's James Bond in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Unlike Bond's previous car, the Aston Martin DB5, no gadgets were seen in this car, other than a mounting for a telescopic-sight rifle in the glove compartment. In the final scenes of the film, Bond's wife, Tracy, is shot and killed while sitting in the car.[3]

Another DBS also appears in a single scene in the next Bond film, Diamonds are Forever. It can be seen in the background (being fitted with small missiles) when Bond is talking to Q on the telephone.

An Aston Martin DBS was later used in the short-lived TV series The Persuaders! (1971–1972), in which Roger Moore's character Lord Brett Sinclair drove a distinctive "Bahama Yellow" (orange/gold) 6-cylinder DBS that, through the use of alloy wheels and different badges, had been made to look like the DBS V8 model.

The new DBS V12 (2007–2012)[edit]

The new Aston Martin DBS V12.
Main article: Aston Martin DBS V12

The new DBS is based on the DB9. Built on the VH Platform the car shares its roof, sidescreens and wheelbase with the DB9, but sits lower (by 25 mm) and wider (by 40 mm) than the DB9. Visually, the front end is dominated by air scoops and cooling ducts, reminiscent of the DBR9 race car, which help cool the six-litre V12 engine which has reportedly been uprated to produce 510 bhp (380 kW; 517 PS), 420 lb·ft (569 N·m) of torque and a top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h). The rear is equipped with a carbon fibre diffuser and an integrated rear lip spoiler. Other details include a six-speed manual transmission and a removable stopwatch. A special helmet pod behind the driver's seat is present for Casino Royale but will not feature in the production version.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Records of The Aston Martin Owner's Club
  2. ^ "Exhibition Stand 144 Aston Martin". Autocar. 127 (nbr 3740): 27. October 1967. 
  3. ^ a b c Sass, Rob (June 2010). "Aston Martin DBS, Unloved No More". Sports Car Market 22 (6): 28. 
  4. ^ a b c d e DBS & DBS V8, www.astonmartin.com Retrieved on 31 March 2013

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