Aston Martin has unveiled the new DBS model, a grand tourer that replaces the range-topping Vanquish. Based largely on the DB9, the new car features a 6.0-litre V12 , race-bred brake and chassis technology, a 2+0 seating configuration in a body shaped by the aerodynamic demands of high performance, with an exquisite interior that marries beautifully hand-finished materials with the very latest in performance technology.
Power comes from the heavily revised hand made 6.0 V12 engine from the DBR9 racing car, tuned to deliver 510 bhp at 6500rpm and 420 lb ft of torque at 5750rpm. The V12 powerplant features a new by-pass air intake port that opens above 5500rpm to boost engine breathing as well as re-profiled air inlet ports that further improve airflow into the combustion chamber. A curb weight of 3750 pounds (1695kg), combined with the 510 bhp V12 help the DBS accelerate 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 191 mph.
The DBS is fitted with new vented carbon ceramic brakes discs â€“ a first for a road-going Aston Martin, it which reduces unsprung weight by 12.5kg. The front wheels are fitted with 398mm diameter carbon ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers, with 360mm diameter brakes with four-piston calipers at the rear. The double wishbone alloy suspension features an adaptive damper controlled suspension which uses two separate valves to set the dampers to five different positions, allowing instant adjustment of the car’s ride and handling characteristics.
Also included is a new hand finished interior with black lacquer, brushed alloy, semi-aniline leather and Alcantara as some of the materials. The car comes with a six speed manual transmission standard and is expected to retail for approximatly $265,000 USD. Sales are expected to start in spring.