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.
For those of you wishing to take your DBS experience to the next level, Aston Martin offers the Volante, a car we got to preview with Mareck Reichman. So wait for a sunny day, drop the roof, close your eyes and imagine that you too are 007, all for the small price of $286,500.
The DBS Volante is powered by Aston’s 6.0 Liter V12 that is also found in the DBS coupe pumping out 510 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. This assists the Volante to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in under 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 191 MPH and is available with either a six speed manual or the optional ‘Touchtronic’ gearbox. The drop top DBS is also equipped with high end performance features like carbon ceramic brakes as well as a few weight saving pieces like the carbon composite hood, trunk and front fenders.
Meanwhile the DBS Volante’s cockpit is made up of genuine aluminum dials and nobs, Bang & Olufsen sound system with tweeters that pop up out of the dash and a key made of crystal as well as seven cowhides to finish the luxurious leather interior. Members of the more money then what they know what to do with club can also pick up a $40,000 Jaeger-LeCoultre wristwatch that will open the doors and turn on the lights. If we were a little more juvenile, this would be the part where we make a reference about James Bond, seduction and toplessness. But we’re better than this, after all that’s what the comment box is for.
Full breakdown in the press release after the jump.
Mansory revealed a new image gallery of the Cyrus - their tuning package based on DB9 or DBS. With only 15 units to be produced, Cyrus is priced at $560,000 (car not included).
The exterior of the Mansory Cyrus is both powerful and aerodynamic incorporating flared fenders, side skirts as well as a lightweight hood with larger vents and a One-77 inspired front bumper while the rear skirt is upgraded with an integrated diffuser and four stainless steel tail pipes.
Black is the color that will always be in fashion. And when you combine Carbon Black with Aston Martin models you get the perfect sports car. To celebrate the enormous success of the DBS and V12 Vantage, the British company has revealed the DBS and V12 Vantage Carbon Black Special Editions, that according to the company will be price approximately 5% over current base prices.
Both models come painted in Carbon Black metallic paint especially formulated with a subtle metallic twist to create a deep rich patina. The exterior look is completed by a bright finished grille and front parking sensors (normally an option). The interior is finished in Obsidian Black leather highlighted with a contrast silver coarse stitch.
There are also lightweight seats formed from Carbon Fibre and Kevlar that help saving 17 kg from the total weight. The Aston Martin 700w Premium Audio System is delivered as standard in the V12 Vantage while the DBS boasts the Bang & Olufsen Beosound DBS audio system as standard.
Revealed in 2007 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance , the Aston Martin DBS is by far one of the most beautiful cars out there. With an unique design and pure performance, the supercar was designed to fill the gap between road and track.
According to Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez, said: “The DBS is the ultimate expression of Aston Martin’s engineering and technical ability. It offers pure performance without compromise.
Featuring flowing curves, complex surfaces and an unrivaled sculptural beauty, the DBS is a classic Aston Martin in its every inch, but in the same time its aerodynamic excellence and impressive performances are the characteristics of a modern sports car.
When creating the DBS, Aston Martin focused on achieving the right balance between strength and mass, reason why, like DB9 and the DBR9 and DBRS9 race cars it is built on the VH (Vertical Horizontal) architecture. Thanks to this structure, the weight is being kept to a minimum, and with the front-mid mounted engine and rear-mid mounted transaxle the company obtained a near perfect weight distribution: 85%.
The four door Aston Martin Rapide sedan is not the only hot item coming out of the high performance English coach builder’s workshop. It appears that there is also a very interesting variant of the DBS sports car in the works. The spy photographers who snapped this shot are saying that the test car that was caught on camera was wearing a few high performance accessories, like a racing inspired suspension setup as well as a few performance modifications that give the DBS a harder image and turn James Bond’s automobile of choice into a true driver’s car.
This makes perfect sense since the chairman of the Aston Martin board is also the head of Prodrive, the outfit made famous for campaigning Ferrari ’s in endurance racing and winning multiple World Rally Championships for the Japanese automaker Subaru. So it is only fitting that Aston Martin would like to produce a much more raw feeling sports car, perhaps it will even include a few tricks from the GT1 race car .
The standard Aston Martin DBS is powered by a hand-built 6.0 Liter V12 engine that produces a maximum output of 510 HP. This much power allows the latest DBS to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 191 MPH.
The English coach builder Aston Martin has just revealed a new image gallery for the new DBS Volante that was unveiled back at the Geneva Motor Show. The DBS Volante is powered by the same 6.0 Liter V12 engine that is found in the DBS coupe. In either configuration, the power plant pumps out 510 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Volante to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 191 MPH.
Top Speed had the opportunity to attend an exclusive preview of Aston Martin’s latest full sized drop top speed machine, with the coach builder’s Director of Design Mareck Reichman. The DBS Volante debuted in Geneva this past March, but made its U.S. debut right here in Miami , kicking everything off with one heck of 007 inspired party .
The Voltane is powered by the familiar 6.0 Liter V12 making 510 HP, the interior is made up of no less than seven cow hides and audio is superbly handled by the the Bang & Olufsen system. Mr. Reichman was also kind enough to tell us a little bit about the special timepiece by Jaeger-LeCoultre .
Aston Martin is releasing a convertible version of James Bond’s daily driver. It was in Miami for a special preview this morning and while we are still editing an interview with Aston Martin director of design Mr. Reichman, enjoy some pictures of the finest British convertible on the road today.
Remember the watch we told you about from the party last night . The exclusive timepiece is officially known as the Aston Martin transponder watch made by Jaeger-LeCoultre and is the perfect accompaniment to the new DBS Volante. Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman, took time out of is busy schedule to give Top Speed a personal demonstration. The wrist watch can open and close the doors of the Aston as well as turn the lights on and off.
Did you know that James Bond originally wore a Jaeger-LeCoultre around his wrist? So it is only fitting that drop top DBS buyers can purchase an accessory that would make even Q jealous. Retailing for around $40,000 the wristwatch will easily make any new Volante owner feel just like 007.
Kicking off Aston Martin’s exclusive preview of the 2010 DBS Volante , they decided to throw a party dedicated to the new drop top, and Top Speed was invited. The evening started in Miami’s fashionable Design District as we were given the velvet rope treatment and offered a variety of 007 inspired cocktails. The ravioli covered in vodka sauce was just perfect with a spoonful of parmesan.
From the DB9 s and Vantage out front to the pair of DBS models inside, we were surrounded by over a million dollars worth of Aston Martin. You can’t truly appreciate the difference between the base V8 and the new Volante until you look at all of the models in one place. What stuck out most about the new drop top was the meticulous use of carbon fiber, not necessarily as a lightweight replacement, but as pure eye candy. From the mirror supports to the rear diffuser, the design team from Gaydon did a fine job applying the wavy black stuff.
There were James Bond clips playing on the ceiling, and TV stars in the audience. The music was light and the mood was right for quite a few South Florida partygoers last night. Aston Martin was even showing of a highly decorated $40,000 wrist that matches the $300,000 car. It sure is nice to be privileged in South Beach.