Aston Martin DBS
Aston Martin
aka DBS V12
Production 2008 - 2012
Class Sports car, Grand tourer
Body Style 2-door, 2-seat Front-Engined Coupe
Length 185.9 in (4721 mm)
Width 75 in w/o Mirrors (1905 mm)
Height 50.4 in (1280 mm)
Wheelbase 107.9 in (2740 mm)
Weight 3737 lb (1695 kg)
Transmission 6-speed Manual, RWD
ZF 6-speed Touchtronic 2 Automatic [1], RWD
Engine 6.0 litre (5935 cc) quad OHC V12, 48-valve
Power 510 hp @ 6500 rpm
420 lb-ft. of torque @ 5750 rpm
Similar Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Ferrari F430 Scuderia
Porsche 911 GT2
Designer Marek Reichman

The Aston Martin DBS is a GT car produced by the English manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. and designed by William Towns. Originally produced from 1967–72, it featured in the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service. A new version, based heavily on the Aston Martin DB9, featured in the 2006 film Casino Royale. The DBS replaces the Vanquish, as Aston Martin's flagship.

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Recent Changes

  • On December 18, 2009, Aston Martin announced the DBS Carbon Black. The limited edition model features a bespoke Carbon Black metallic finish that takes 50 man-hours of hand painting and quality checks to complete. It is also set apart from the ordinary DBS with gloss black 10 spoke diamond turned alloy wheels, a bright finished grille and front parking sensors. Inside, the interior is swathed in Obsidian Black leather contrasted by hand stitched silver thread while the sport seats are formed from Carbon Fibre and Kevlar (saving 17 kg or 37 lb). Other interior niceties include Piano black facia trim, centre stack and centre console, anodised black tread plates, unique carbon fibre sill plaques and a Bang & Olufsen Beosound DBS audio system. There is no word yet on the pricing but Aston Martin has said that buyers should expect a 5 per cent increase over the price of the basic models. Deliveries will commence from March.[2]
  • At the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin unveiled the alfresco variant of the DBS. The DBS Volante will be powered by the same 510 hp 6.0-liter V12 found in Bond's company car but now features a retractable cloth top that can be put up or down in 14 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph. Weight is pegged at 3990 lb despite the conversion through the use of a lightweight roof mechanism along with a carbon fiber hood, front splitter and trunk lid. This means the droptop DBS will hurtle you to 100 kph (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds. [3]
  • For MY 2009, the DBS will now feature an exclusive Bang & Olufsen sound system dubbed the BeoSound DBS. [4]
  • The much anticipated 2007 DBS was unveiled on August 15, 2007.

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Engine And Transmission

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  • 6.0 litre (5935 cc) quad OHC V12, 48-valve
  • 510 hp @ 6500 rpm
    420 lb-ft. of torque @ 5750 rpm
  • 6-speed Manual, RWD


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The DBS's 510-hp V-12 is expected to be good for a 0-to-60 mph time of 4.3 seconds, along with a top speed of 191 mph. The DBS also features ceramic-composite brakes and a paddleshifted six-speed transmission, which will give the car "a much more raw driving experience".


  • RECALL ALERT: On October 6, 2010, the NHTSA issued a recall notice affecting all V8 Vantage, DB9 or DBS produced during the 2007 and 2008 model year (1090 cars in total) due to a cam bolt in the front bottom suspension arm that could crack, allowing the lower control arm to move about in ways that compromise handling and car control. The recall is scheduled to begin on or before October 18, 2010. Dealers will replace the offending bolt free of charge. [5]


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Second Generation (2007-2012)

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On January 17, 2006 it was announced that a new Aston Martin DBS would be used in the 21st James Bond film Casino Royale. The new DBS is based on the DB9, more specifically the DBR9 race car. Built on the VH Platform the car shares its roof, sidescreens and wheelbase with the DB9, but sits lower (by 25mm) and wider (by 40mm) than the DB9. Visually, the front end is dominated by air scoops and cooling ducts which help cool the six-litre V12 engine which has reportedly been uprated to produce more than 500 bhp. At the rear are a carbon 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. Aston Martin is expected to build only 300 examples of the new DBS.

First Generation/Origins (1967–1972)

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Aston Martin DBS
Aston Martin
aka V8 Vantage
England's First Supercar
Production 1967–1972

787 produced

Class Supercar
Body Style 2-door, 2+2 seat Coupe
2-door, 2-seat Volante (convertible)
Length 4,585 mm (180.5 in)
Width 1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height 1,330 mm (52.4 in)
Wheelbase 2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Weight 1,590 kg (3,510 lb) (approx)
Transmission Borg-Warner automatic

or 5-speed manual

Engine 4.0 L DOHC I6
Power N/A hp @ N/A rpm
N/A lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer
Porsche 911
Lamborghini Miura
Maserati Ghibli
Designer William Towns

The DBS was the successor to the famed Aston Martin DB6. Powered by a straight-6 engine, it lasted from 1967 until 1972, before being replaced by the Aston Martin Vantage. It was a larger coupé than the DB6, with four full seats, but was powered by the same 4.0 L engine as the previous car. The engine normally produced 282 hp (210 kW), but a no-cost DBS Vantage option upped output to 325 hp (242 kW). The DBS had a more modern look than the DB6, and arguably the Vantage as well, with a square grille atypical of Astons.

Specifications (1972)

  • Weight: 3760 lb
  • Engine: 4L Straight-6
  • Power: 282 BHP at 5500 RPM
  • Torque: 390.5 Nm (288 ft·lbf) at 3850 rpm


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Design quirks and oddities

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.

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


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See also


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Current Models: V8 Vantage · V8 Vantage Volante · V12 Vantage · DB11 · Vanquish · Rapide · Vulcan · ·

Historic cars: DB1 · DB2 · DB3 · DB2/4 · DB Mark III · DB4 · DB4 GT Zagato · DB5 · DB6 · DBS (1967) · V8 · DB7 · V12 Vantage · DB7 Zagato · DB AR1 · Lagonda · Lagonda Rapide

Historic Supercars: V8 Vantage · V8 Zagato · Virage · V12 Vanquish

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Concept cars: AM4 · Jet · Bulldog · Jet 2 · Lagonda Vignale · Vanquish Zagato Roadster · 20/20 · AMV8 Vantage · Rapide Concept · V12 Vantage RS Concept · Cygnet Concept

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