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.
We knew that Aston Martin was working on a topless version of the DBS (it even asked for suggestions for a name ). Now rumors are going around that the cars is almost complete, and we’ll see it for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
Aside from the fabric roof, the Aston Martin DBS Volante will be identical to its coupe brother. It will be powered by the same 6.0-liter V12 engine that delivers 510bhp at 6500rpm and a peak torque of 420 lb.ft at 5750rpm. The coupe version accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds and can hit a top speed of 191 mph, so we expect similar figures from the topless version.
We first saw Jaeger-LeCoultre’s watch for the Aston Martin DBS back in August , but we don’t mind showing it again now that we have video because it’s just so damn cool.
There might be higher-tech products out there, like proximity transponders that will unlock a car just by approaching it, but that doesn’t matter. Every kid who grew up with James Bond’s gadgets will drool for this watch. Just remember dribble does not look good on your tux.
Roadster and Volante - these are the usual names for the open-top models from Aston Martin. But the topless version of the DBS may not follow the same rule.
An Aston Martin spokesman said that the company is still looking for a name suitable for the sports-car and that it "is not sure this will be Roadster or Volante." The company is currently using the Roadster name for convertibles with two-seats and Volante for a four-seats, but the DBS is something a little more special that may deserve it own name.
Well, the company still has a few more months to find a suitable name for their car as the open-top version of the DBS is not coming until next year. Got any ideas?
A Bond fan paid $350,000 for 007’s wrecked DBS (about $120,000 more than a new DBS would cost) that crashed into an Italian lake . The car didn’t even die a cool Bond-like death (like chasing a beautiful villainess on a winding road, and hitting the ejector seat moments before the car hits the water). Instead, a stuntman lost control of the car on his way to the set of the new flick Quantum of Solstice.
007 star Daniel Craig revealed the remains of the wrecked/soaked car ended up in a collector’s hands. "I think somebody paid about £200,000 for this written off Aston Martin," Craig tells the Glasgow Daily Record. "It was a Bond aficionado."
If the collector wanted to to get closer to James Bond, shouldn’t he have known just to buy the new DBS and take the $120,000 saving to use for a year’s supply of martinis?
First unveiled at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Aston Martin DBS gets new ‘Touchtronic 2’ transmission. Introduced as an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, DBS customers will now be afforded the option of the ‘Touchtronic 2’ six-speed automatic transmission. Derived from the same ZF transaxle unit that was developed for the DB9, the system has been substantially re-engineered to accommodate the power and performance characteristics of the DBS.
The DBS Touchtronic transmission features a final drive ratio shortened from 3.15:1 to 3.46:1, aiding quicker acceleration times and an improved performance feel. Additionally, changes to the gearbox calibration aid more aggressive gear shifts and greater usability, while retaining the performance potential of the manual gear box – matching the 0-60mph time of 4.3 seconds. System functionality is consistent with that on the DB9, with ‘Park’, ‘Reverse’, ‘Neutral’ and ‘Drive’ modes selected via facia mounted controls.
James Bond doesn’t drink Coke, does he? Looks like he’s chasing the baddies in his Aston Martin DBS , possibly going after the secret Coke formula? Regardless, this commercial has some cool shots of the Bond car.
Bond is back! And so is his Aston Martin DBS (well, likely a new one because I think we all shed a tear when he wrecked the first one in Casino Royale.) Here’s the latest trailer for the new Bond flick, the Quantum of Solace. In this quick preview we get to see his Aston in action as well as some of the movie’s lesser cars like the new Ford Ka .
Just about every car these days has a key fob. People who pay a premium price for a DBS should have the option of getting something a little more enticing. Aston Martin agrees, and so its official watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre has developed the ultimate accessory for the DBS supercar: a transponder watch. The AMVOX2 DBS Transponder will have the ability to lock and unlock the car. The wearer need only push the face to activate the remote entry. Push between 8 and 9 o’clock to unlock the car and 3 and 4 o’clock to close it.
Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin CEO, said, “I’m delighted that we have been able to premiere this technology in such an elegant solution. It is the first time horology and automotive engineering have been combined in this way.”
The AMVOX2 DBS will be showcased for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. It is crafted exclusively for the DBS. Aston Martin says that the transponder module weighs “just a few grams” and is half the size of the identical system in the DBS’s key. They are offering the £22,000 ($41,000) device as an option on any new DBS, as well as a retro-fit for existing customers.
This time it wasn’t an accident! Bond and his crew crashed the DBS deliberate this time, to show the fate that awaits 007’s wheels in the movie.
Shooting on the upcoming James Bond adventure "Quantum of Solace" continued in and around the mountains of Carrara in Italy today, for a scene which will have 007’s Aston Martin DBS crash in to a marble quarry. The real-life marble basin location in Fantiscritti has been a quarry for generations, but workers put excavations on hold for a day whilst the Bond crew deliberately wrecked some vehicles
Bond is chased by villains in Alfa Romeos around the banks of Lake Garda, culminating in a devastating crash in the Canalgrande and Fantiscritti marble quarries. The action will form the pre-credits sequence to the movie and is expected to run for 15 minutes.