Ever since the classic DBS’s introduction in 1967, it has been a star on the screen starting with its role in the 1969 James Bond film, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. It then showed up in modern 007 flicks like Casino Royale. The DBS started out life as a 4.0 Liter 325 HP grand tourer and was reborn in 2007 as an upgraded DBR9 powered by a 6.0 Liter V12 and a front end filled with more vents than the race car. With its unique design and pure performance potential, the coach built super car was designed to fill the gap between road and track offering the ultimate expression of Aston Martin’s engineering and technical ability. The DBS offers pure performance without compromise. At $265,000 the rear wheel drive 510 HP hand built super car is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 MPH in four seconds flat and will reach a top speed of 196 MPH. The DBS can be distinguished from the DB9 by its deeper front spoiler, extra-wide intake, large rear spoiler, 20" wheels, and wider rear track.
Okay, we thought the Audi R8 V10 Hyper-Black Edition created by Anderson Germany looked tough, but this next tuning project has blown the Audi out the water. The Aston Martin DBS Superior Black Edition is the type of car James Bond would drive if he was more badass and less proper. Just looking at the car makes us feel like we’ve grown bigger cojones, and the boost in power isn’t too shabby either.
Getting the hardcore exterior look only took a matte black paint job with bright red calipers for that shock of color and a new set of 21" wheels. The interior is spruced up with carbon fiber elements, black leather, and Alcantara mixed in with some red trim and cross stitching on the seats. The red is also outlining many of the black components found in the interior which adds to the overall look and feel of the car.
The power upgrade for the DBS Superior Black Edition isn’t astronomical, but it gets the job done. A standard DBS is good for 510 HP at 6500 rpm out of it hand-built V12 engine, but the addition of a new exhaust system gets that power up to 560 HP. Nothing was said on how that increase translated the DBS’ performance numbers, but when you look this cool, sometimes even that doesn’t matter.
We’ll say one thing for Graf Weckerle, boy do these guys know how to add some punch and pizazz to elegant and expensive vehicles. We started our trip through the German tuning firm with the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Blanc de Blancs and then found ourselves entrenched in the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano Comte Noir. Now the duo of Alexander C. Graf and Tim Weckerle have announced another tuning package, and this time, they’ve gone back to Britain to tune up an Aston Martin DBS.
The Aston Martin DBS Imperialwagen is most definitely eye-catching with its matte metallic beige paint job with a two-tone orange and white Graf Weckerle Coachline, as well as the Graf Weckerle logo situated nicely towards the side rear of the car. That same logo was also brought into the interior with the use of white Graf Weckerle high-tech Puroyale velvet with two-tone orange and brown Graf Weckerle Millefleurs-embroidery. We had to try very hard to turn our eyes away from those inserts to notice that they sit in the middle of brown leather seats with orange piping and orange Graf Weckerle-embossed leather ribbons. The two-tone Graf Weckerle Millefleurs-embroidery also extends to the inserts in the brown and orange door panels. This design is certainly not for the conservative and mild-mannered.
Hit the jump for more details on the Aston Martin DBS by Graf Weckerle.
When it comes to rappers and their cars, one definitely expects an abundance of luxury SUVs, sparkling exteriors, huge wheels, the latest supercars, and lest we forget, the bling bling. Cars are just taken very seriously in the hip hop world. And proof of that comes to us in the form of a video by Rick Ross featuring Drake and Chrisette Michele alongside the new four-door Rapide, the Vantage, the V8 Vantage Roadster, and of course, the DBS.
The video is over six minutes long and includes plenty of shots of the Aston Martins. See, this is what you get when you are a rapper who decides he wants to give Aston Martin a little extra publicity.
Just remember that when you watch the video, wipe off the drool before it damages your keyboard.
Music video by Rick Ross performing Aston Martin Music. (C) 2010 The Island Def Jam Music Group.
Lets face it: a customized Aston Martin is not something you’ll see every day. And we can not understand why as a sexy car like Aston Martin DBS Volante has lots of potential. This is what Al & Eds Autosound in West Hollywood CA saw in the sports roadster and came up with an impressive update package.
The tuner installed 3M clear bra material on the full hood, fenders, bumper and on the carbon fiber exterior areas and added custom made skid plates and a new set of Giovanna GFG Series 3-piece forged California wheels. The car is painted in Fire Storm Black - black paint combined with the most beautiful red metallic flake.
For the interior the tuner is offering red Alcantara suede for the the seat and door panel, black perforated supple leather and red Alcantara for the steering wheel and carbon fiber inserts. And of course there is a new Escort 9500Ci top of the line “Ticket Avoidance System”.
By itself, the Aston Martin Carbon Black DBS is one of the most desirable Aston Martins we’ve come to see outside, naturally, of the brand’s One-77 supercar.
So it is with heavy hearts that we show you what happens when a DBS Carbon Black Edition is given the Jeff Koons ‘Art Car’ treatment. We first saw this ‘streaks of color’ finish on the actual Art Car Koons was commissioned to do, a BMW M3 GT2 that actually raced at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
While that particular design looked pretty good on the M3 GT2, it does nothing but illicit groans and cringes on the Aston Martin DBS, especially since the matte black finish of the Carbon Black Edition already reeked of awesomeness on its own.
Now, what once was the Aston Martin Carbon Black DBS has been turned into a multi-colored streak of ugly. Let’s just hope that whoever did this has the common sense, not the mention decency, to restore the car to its former state, or he’d going to be the subject of some intense ridicule from a lot of people.
With the real World Cup far behind us, we thought we would host our own world challenge, minus the annoying horns. Okay, yes, the cars do have horns in them, but none of them could be worse than those vuvuzelas.
We took four cars from four different countries in a serious attempt to see which country produced the best performance machine, and to give some self esteem back to the countries that were knocked out of the football tournament. We gave it our all to get four vehicles that were similar in mostly every way. Performance, power, styling, driving dynamics, and build quality inside and out were all examined with a fine tooth comb.
So, it was off to the car dealers to grab our wheels for the test. From the good old United States we have the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, America’s most powerful and most ostentatious sports car. From the fatherland, we have the classic Porsche 911, but this one has a turbo up its backside. From the land of the rising sun, we have the technical wonder, the Nissan GTR. Finally, from our home land, the United Kingdom, we have James Bond’s preferred choice, the Aston Martin DBS.
First unveiled in 2008 and already one of the most successful models in Aston Martin’s line-up, the DBS sports car is about to receive a small facelift. The facelift will only be a minor surgical procedure because, well, why change something that is already great. The new DBS will receive new headlights sporting some LED lights and a much slimmer look. At the rear, these spy shots reveal a new diffuser and exhaust pipes that are placed a bit differently. However, this pretty much sums up the changes that will be made so far. We will have to wait for other spy shots to confirm if Aston Martin will be making any further changes to the sports car.
Under the hood there will be the same V12 engine producing a total of 517 HP at 6500 rpm (a small increase over the current 510 HP). The car’s performance will remain as impressive as ever: a top speed of 191mph (302km/h) and a 0-62mph (0-100km/h) time of 4.3 seconds.
The facelift DBS is expected to be unveiled in 2011.
If you have seen the 007 Series, then the Aston Martin DBS is a car that needs no introduction. The 4.0 Liter 325 HP grand tourer that appeared in the earlier films was a Bond trademark and one lucky (and rich) customer will be the proud owner of this DBS before the year is out. We are talking about the annual ’Automobiles of London’ event at the Battersea Evolution in London being held on October 27, 2010. At this particular auction, the Aston Martin DBS will be suctioned off by none other than RM Auctions. The famous auction house expects the car to fetch around $5 million which is a much pricier option than the 1964 Aston Martin DB4 from Goldfinger that is being sold for $75,000.
There were only two 1964 Aston Martin DBSs built and this one is the only one that is still alive. The car was driven by Sean Connery in the Goldfinger and Thunderball movies and is factory-fitted with the full complement of operational ’Q-Branch’ gadgets, including machine guns, bullet-proof shield, revolving number plates, tracking device, removable roof panel, oil slick sprayer, nail spreader and smoke screen, all controlled from factory installed toggles and switches hidden in the center arm-rest. The future proud owner will know the car is "the one" by the original UK registration number, FMP 7B.
A tuned-up Aston Martin DBS happens about as often as a snowball lasting for more than an hour in a country like the Philippines so you have to understand why we got so geeked up about the DBS tuning package from Edo Competition.
And if we do say so ourselves, Edo Competition did a fine job in sprucing up the DBS. In addition to a new high-performance exhaust system, the DBS package comes with special catalytic converters and high flow air filters, that bumps up the engine’s power to a pretty impressive 550 horsepower and 570 Nm; the result of which is a 0-60 mph sprint time of just under four seconds and a top speed of 199 mph.
The Edo Competition DBS package also comes with a new sports suspension system, a new high performance brake system, carbon fiber shifter and shifter console on the interior and 21-inch racing wheels.
Opportunities like this - tuning up a DBS - rarely happen and Edo Competition seems to have taken full advantage of the one they got, giving the Aston Martin DBS a tuning package that it can be proud of.
Aston Martin unveiled the special edition DBS UB-2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. This limited edition was built to commemorate Dr. Ulrich Bez’s 10th year as Chief Executive of the company. The DBS UB-2010 will be limited to only 40 units, 20 Coupes and 20 Volantes.
Each DBS UB-2010 has been specified personally by Dr. Bez and features a unique ‘Azurite Black’ paint finish, a metallic bronze leather with woven leather seat inserts and a ‘Cryptic Titan’ facia finish. Each car will bare ‘UB-2010’ sill plaques signed by Dr. Bez together with a final inspection plate after Dr. Bez has signed-off each of the 40 cars personally.