Following the demise of the Vanquish S, Aston Martin’s new leader of the pack was the DBS V12. Proudly reviving the iconic DBS designation of earlier years, this superb machine made a show-stopping inaugural appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in 2007. The DBS V12 prototype was certainly an eye-catcher, shaped by the aerodynamic requirements of stable high-speed driving, flaunting impressive 10-spoke alloy wheels and finished in the striking new Casino Ice colour (graphite with a hint of blue). The interior was hand-crafted using the finest materials.
The first cars were delivered in 2008. They sported a potent V12 engine borrowed from the DBR9 racecar, coupled with six-speed manual or six-speed Touchtronic automatic transmission. The DBS was clearly based on the 2+2 DB9’s design and platform but was an unashamed two-seater, with a lightweight bonded-aluminium chassis giving outstanding strength and rigidity. Ultra-light carbon-fibre body panels further reduced weight, as did a state-of-the-art braking system using vented carbon-ceramic discs front and back. Double-wishbone suspension featured adaptive damper control for instant adjustment of handling and ride characteristics.
No expense was spared in creating the ultimate touring car and the DBS V12 transferred the DBR9’s race pedigree to Aston’s flagship road car. The front mid-mounted engine was teamed with a rear mid-mounted transaxle to ensure near perfect weight distribution for stability, agility and an exhilarating driving experience. If the DB9 is a true grand tourer, the DBS V12 is an out-and-out sports car. It is better to drive than its GT sibling with more power and impressive cornering ability.
To Aston Martin’s chagrin, in 2008 an Australian motoring website blew the whistle on what turned out to be the company worst-kept secret – the existence of a simply fabulous open-top DBS V12 Volante that Was officially announced in 2009.
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5,935 cc V12
Top speed of 188 mph (302 km/h); 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.1 secs
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The James Bond connection was firmly maintained by the DBS V12. An original DBS featured in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, a pre-production DBS V12 greeted actor Daniel Craig’s first appearance as 007 in Casino Royale (2006) and the car appeared again in the sequel, Quantum of Solace (2008).