The Aston Martin DBS first appeared in 1967 and remained in production until it was phased out by the Aston Martin V8 in 1972. It wasn’t until 2007 that the DBS showed its face again, and the second time around seemed to be the turning point for the grand tourer, benefiting from five successful years on the market. Now, Aston Martin is working on the new generation DB9 which will eventually give way to a refreshed DBS.
The new DBS, set to be launched in late 2012, will receive a revised front grille and bumpers, fresh body side styling, and a revised cockpit. Expect to see an exterior inspired by the One-77 supercar, with its borrowed bonnet, sides, and cooling vents. These elements will help transform the elegant DBS into a more aggressive sports car.
As for the power behind this beast, a 6.0-liter V12 engine will still find its way under the hood of the sports car, but will get tweaked to deliver about 530 HP (up 20 HP from the current model). The added power will be put to better use now that the VH platform is dropping about 10-15% of its weight, bringing it down to about 3,300 pounds.
Current Aston Martin DBS pictured