Aston Martin DBS V12

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This article is about the new Aston Martin DBS. For the classic, 1967 to 1972 GT car, see Aston Martin DBS.
Aston Martin DBS V12
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Overview
Manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda Limited
Production 2007–2012
Assembly Gaydon, England
Designer Marek Reichman
Body and chassis
Class Grand tourer
Body style 2-door coupé
2-door convertible
Layout FR layout
Platform Aston Martin VH platform
Related Aston Martin DB9
Powertrain
Engine 5.935 L V12
Chronology
Predecessor Aston Martin Vanquish S
Successor Aston Martin Vanquish (Project AM310)

The modern Aston Martin DBS is a high performance GT sports car version of the DB9 from the UK manufacturer Aston Martin.

Aston has used the DBS name once before on their 1967–72 grand tourer coupe. The modern car replaces the 2004 Vanquish S as the flagship of the marque.

Models[edit]

DBS (2008-)[edit]

It was officially unveiled at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on 16 August 2007,[1] which featured a brand new exterior colour, a graphite grey with a blue tint which has been dubbed "Casino Ice", followed by 2007 Frankfurt motor show.[2]

Delivery began on 2008 Q1.

DBS Volante (2009-)[edit]

Aston Martin DBS Volante

DBS Volante includes a motorized retractable fabric roof controlled by a button in the center console and can be fully gone in 14 seconds after the press of the button. The roof can be opened or closed while moving at vehicle speed up to 48 km/h (30 mph). Apart from the roof, changes include a new wheel design available for both the coupe and volante versions and 2+2 seating configuration also available for both versions. Other features include rear-mounted six-speed manual or optional six-speed ‘Touchtronic’ automatic gearbox, Bang & Olufsen BeoSound DBS in-car entertainment system with 13 speakers.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2009 Geneva Motor Show on 3 March 2009,[3] followed by 2009 Concours d'Elegance.[4]

Delivery began during quarter three 2009.[5]

Carbon Black, UB-2010 Limited Edition (2010-)[edit]

As of Q3 2010, Aston Martin has released 2 special editions of the DBS.

Available for DBS and the V12 Vantage, the "Carbon Black" edition includes unique carbon black paint job (as well as orange and grey), Touchtronic gearbox, obsidian black or orange interior and lightweight seats.[6]

DBS UB-2010 Limited Edition is a limited (20 DBS Coupes and 20 DBS Volante convertibles) versions of DBS Coupe and Volante convertible named after Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, commemorating the 10th year of Dr. Bez as CEO. This edition comes with the Touchtronic gearbox or the manual upon request, azurite black exterior color, blue brake calipers and a bronze-colored interior.

DBS UB-2010 Limited Edition was unveiled in 80th Geneva Autosalon.[7]

2011 DBS Carbon Edition (2011-)[edit]

It is a version of DBS coupe and DBS Volante with a choice of 3 body colours (Flame Orange, Ceramic Grey, Carbon Black) with glass veneer appearance (optional satin lacquer paint finish), 10-spoke gloss black diamond turned wheels with a reversed diamond turned (optional full gloss black) finish, black (optional yellow, orange, red or grey) brake calipers, warm black grille, carbon fibre mirror heads, carbon rear lamp in-fills, smoked rear lights, obsidian black or maranello orange semi-aniline leather upholstery, leather-quilted headlining for DBS Carbon Edition coupe, carbon fibre facia with a carbon weave positioned exactly to follow the form of the dashboard, unique carbon fibre special edition sill plaque with laser etched metal inlay, Aston Martin Garmin satellite navigation system, beam blade windscreen wipers.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[8]

Delivery began in the first quarter of 2012.[9][10]

Year of the Dragon 88 Limited Edition (2012-)[edit]

It is a limited (88 units) version of DBS Volante to honour of the Year of the Dragon. It included 24-carat gold plate on nickel-coated and 24-carat gold-plated Aston Martin wing badges affixed to the bonnet and rear of each car, bright finish front grille, bonnet meshes and side strakes; choice of three unique 10-spoke designs lightweight forged wheels with a special silver finish, Black brake callipers, a choice of 3 body colours (Amethyst Red, Volcano Red, Champagne Gold) with matching interior upholstery colours (Spicy Red, Deep Purple, Chancellor Red interior for Amethyst Red, Volcano Red, Champagne Gold body respectively), Sahara Tan thread stitching, Piano Black facia trim with a unique gold inlay pattern at dashboard, glass switchgear, headrest embroidery design with rendered using four thread colours (Metallic Gold, Cream Truffle, Winter Wheat and Kestrel Tan) inspired by the Nine-Dragon Wall in Beihai Park, unique laser-etched sill plaques bearing the number and designation, Presentation Box wrapped in the same leather as the interior of their car and lined with Ivory Alcantara (box lid bears an embroidered dragon, with Aston Martin wings embossed on to the front of the lid and a replica sill plaque on the inside of the lid; each box contains an Owner's Guide with gold detailing, two glass ECUs with leather pouches, a pair of customised Bang & Olufsen earphones with laser-etched Aston Martin wings in a leather pouch), 1000W Bang & Olufsen audio system.

The vehicle was unveiled in 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition.[11][12]

Specifications[edit]

Overview specifications[edit]

Aston Martin DBS V12 pictured in London
  • Engine: 5,935 cc 48-valve V12
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual (optional 6-Speed Automatic)
  • Drivetrain: RWD (Rear Wheel Drive)
  • Curb Weight: 1,695 kg (3,737 lb)
  • City fuel economy: 12 mpg-US (20 L/100 km; 14 mpg-imp)
  • Highway fuel economy: 18 mpg-US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg-imp)
  • Horsepower: 510 hp (380 kW; 517 PS) at 6500 rpm
  • Torque: 420 lb·ft (569 N·m) at 5750 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 107.9 in (2,741 mm)
  • Length: 185.9 in (4,722 mm)
  • Width: 75.0 in (1,905 mm)
  • Height: 50.4 in (1,280 mm)

Transmission[edit]

Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic transmission option, based on the same ZF transaxle unit that was developed for the DB9, was introduced in 2008.[13]

Performance[edit]

The DBS is equipped with 5935 cc V12 engine with four valves per cylinder. The same engine is also used in the DBR9 and DBRS9 racing cars albeit with extensive modifications. The engine of the DBS produces 510 horsepower (380 kW) at 6500 rpm and 570 N·m (420 lb·ft) of torque @ 5750 rpm with a compression ratio of 10.9:1. The engine also includes an active bypass valve which above 5500 rpm opens and lets more air into the engine resulting in increased performance and propels the car from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds and has a maximum speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) and 183 mph (295 km/h) with TOUCHTRONIC 2’ transmission. In 2007, the British motoring show Top Gear sent the DBS around their Top Gear test track seconds faster than its predecessor the Vanquish S, and a second faster than the comparable Bentley Continental Supersports.

Handling[edit]

Aston Martin uses the same VH (vertical horizontal) structure as with the DB9, which provides strength and rigidity to the whole car. Thanks to the structure, 85% of the weight of the car is kept between the wheelbase, which results in increased handling, responsiveness and feel during tight cornering.

Aston Martin DBS V12 in London, 2011.

Aston Martin has also developed an Adaptive Damping System, or ADS, which alters the suspension in order for the car to cope with the driver's desires and road/weather conditions. When turned on, the ADS automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the driver has high levels of control at all times. Apart from the suspension getting stiffer, throttle and braking response is increased and steering is sharpened.

The DBS is fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tyres developed especially for the car, along with lightweight, aluminium 20" wheels.

To keep the weight as low as possible, Aston Martin has made extensive use of carbon fibre throughout the whole car. The bonnet, the boot, the front wings and the door opening surrounds are all made of carbon fibre. The carpets are also made by special thin layers made from carbon fibre. The roof and the doors are made of aluminium. The result is a 30 kg (66 lb) weight reduction from a regular DB9. The car is also fitted with a carbon fibre splitter at the front wings to increase handling and a carbon fibre rear diffuser to increase high-speed stability.

The brake discs are carbon ceramic, which shaves a significant 12.5 kg (28 lb) from the unsprung weight. At the front, there are 398 mm (15.7 in) ventilated and drilled brakes with 6-piston alloy monobloc callipers. At the back, there are 360 mm (14.2 in) ventilated and drilled brakes with 4-piston alloy monobloc callipers.

Interior[edit]

The interior of a DBS is a blend of carbon fibre, alcantara leather, wood, stainless steel and aluminium surfaces. The door panels are carbon fibre and the fascia is, as standard, matrix alloy and iridium silver centre console or, as an optional extra, piano black fascia and centre console. To achieve even greater weight savings, the carpet has a special lightweight weave. The car is started by means of the "Emotion Control Unit", which was initially developed especially for the DBS but as of 2008 is available for the DB9 and V8 Vantage as well. The key is made from stainless steel and glass and is inserted into a special hole in the dashboard.[citation needed]

Film appearances[edit]

The DBS was first seen in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, the first film in which Bond was played by Daniel Craig, as a result of a product placement deal with Aston Martin's parent company at the time, Ford.

Although the company sold over 90% of Aston Martin Lagonda Limited in 2007, the DBS returned for the pre-credits car chase around Lake Garda in the 2008 Bond film Quantum of Solace.[14]

Naming confusion[edit]

Some confusion over the name of the production version occurred when some test mules running around the Nürburgring were given DBRS9 badges. However, it would seem that this was only a trick played by Aston to confuse spy photographers.[15] The official name of the vehicle has been declared to be Aston Martin DBS.

The first cars ever to hold the name Aston Martin DBS were originally produced from 1967 until 1972. One of them featured in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

Production[edit]

DBS was built in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Its engine is built at the Aston Martin engine plant in Cologne, Germany.

DBS Volante was built at Aston Martin’s global headquarters at Gaydon, Warwickshire.

DBS was replaced by Aston Martin Vanquish.

Approximately 2365 DBS were made.

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