2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

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Replacing the Vanquish with a classic

Having redesigned the DB9, which changed its name to the DB11, and the Vantage, Aston Martin now introduced a replacement for the Vanquish S. Much like the DB9, the Vanquish name was retired and replaced by a badge that goes back to the late 1960s. Meet the DBS Superleggera, the company’s new flagship grand tourer.

Built on the underpinnings of the DB11, the DBS Superleggera is lighter and more powerful. Tipping the scales at 3,733 pounds, the DBS shed nearly 160 pounds compared to the DB11. The grand tourer is also more aggressive by design, almost touching supercar territory thanks to its low-slung stance and really low ground clearance. The new grand tourer also pays homage to the historic super lightweight construction technology of the famous Italian coachbuilder Superleggera, which penned the iconic DB4 and DB5. Let’s find out what the new DBS Superleggera is all about in the review below.

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October 5 is Now Known as Global James Bond Day!

October 5 is Now Known as Global James Bond Day!

Aston Martin once again teams up with the 007 franchise

Aston Martin has long been associated with James Bond. The relevance of cars in movies more or less started with the Aston Martin cars featuring in James Bond movies. To commemorate this iconic relationship, Aston Martin has teamed up with the producers of James Bond, EON Productions and Sky, to celebrate “Global James Bond Day” today, the October 5th.

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Aston Martin is Cooking Up a Pair of Zagato Special Editions

Aston Martin is Cooking Up a Pair of Zagato Special Editions

One is a road-legal masterpiece while the other is a track-only monster

In line with the 100th anniversary of Zagato, Aston Martin is producing a pair of limited-run, special-edition models for the Italian coachbuilder. The models, called the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and the DBS GT Zagato, are limited to just 19 units each. If you’re interested in buying these special edition models, Aston Martin is placing a “take-both-or-leave-them-alone” policy on both. That means you’ll have to buy both the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation and the DBS GT Zagato together. The cost of the two vehicles? Only £6 million, or roughly around $7.9 million, not counting local taxes.

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Aston Martin Isn't Done With the DBS Superleggera

Aston Martin Isn’t Done With the DBS Superleggera

An even more extreme version is in the works!

If you’re not done drooling over the raunchy Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, you might need to have some paper napkins nearby because Aston Martin is reportedly looking into developing a more extreme version of the 715-horsepower DBS Superleggera. Nothing is set in stone yet, but the belief is that the AMR DBS Superleggera — that’s the name it’s tipped to go by — will be released sometime in late 2019 or early 2020 with a bump in price compared to its “tamer” DBS Superleggera counterpart.

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Full Walkaround of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Video

Full Walkaround of the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - Video

This is the range-topping GT Aston Martin that we’ve been promised

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is, on paper, the British automaker’s flagship grand tourer. More important than that, though, is how the new model fits in Aston Martin’s hierarchy. The DBS Superleggera, ladies and gentlemen, is the long-awaited replacement for the Vanquish S. It also happens to be lighter and more powerful than the DB11, having shaved almost 160 pounds compared to the DB11, all while packing 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque.

If you haven’t seen the DBS Superleggera, then you’re in for a treat. Noted auto blogger Shmee150 was able to see the newest Aston at its unveiling. Not only was he able to take a good look at the DBS Superleggera, he also spent a good amount of time going through all the stylistic nuances that make this model one of the finest creations Aston Martin has come up with in recent memory. The DBS Superleggera’s design almost touches supercar levels. Sure, there are still hints of Aston’s trademark styling, but the low-slung stance and low ground clearance of the DBS Superleggera give it a more performance-oriented aura, the likes of which we haven’t seen from Aston Martin in quite some time. Other design hints like the side louvers and the entire rear section also enhance its supercar aura.

The interior is similar to the DB11, but Aston Martin found ways to raise the stakes in the cabin of the DBS Superleggera. The dark chrome bezels on the center console are one example of the increased attention to luxury design. It’s the same thing with the chopped carbon fiber on the door trim. You rarely see that kind of treatment on luxury models like Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Seeing it on an Aston Martin is definitely a welcome and pleasant addition.

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is a design achievement for the British automaker. Calling it “stunning” doesn’t do justice to how it looks. But more than that, the new range-topping GT also packs a 5.2-liter V-12 engine that Aston Martin debuted in the DB11, albeit revised to accommodate a more powerful setup amounting to 715 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Do the math, and that’s an extra 115 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque more than what you can get out of the DB11.

Aston Martin isn’t messing around with the DBS Superleggera. It promised a worthy successor to the Vanquish S, and it more than delivered. Now, all that’s left is to see how the automaker’s new GT model stacks up against the competition. Something tells me that it’s going to more than hold its own.

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Comparison: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs. Aston Martin Vanquish

Comparison: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs. Aston Martin Vanquish

How does the new tip of the spear shape up?

First introduced in 2001, the Aston Martin Vanquish enjoyed its position at the top of Aston’s lineup for roughly 17 years, most recently with the highly impressive Vanquish S released in 2017. Now, however, the Vanquish must give way to the even-more-impressive DBS Superleggera, the British brand’s latest V-12-powered range-topping super GT car. Indeed, the DBS Superleggera is truly a mighty thing to behold, but how mighty is it next to the outgoing Vanquish? Read on for the details.

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The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs the Ferrari 812 Superfast vs the Bentley Continental GT

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs the Ferrari 812 Superfast vs the Bentley Continental GT

It is a well-known fact at this point that the latest Aston Martin DBS Superleggera will go after the Ferrari 812 Superfast. Even Aston Martin officials implied this. However, I am fairly certain that in terms of poise, speed, technology, and price, the Bentley Continental GT may be thrown in the same ring in an endless fight for prestige among super luxury GTs. Sure, the coupe from Crewe isn’t as hardcore as the machines from Gaydon and Maranello, but the Continental GT will gain even more spirited versions in the future. Some of them will definitely take aim at the buyers of the DBS or the 812. The Supersports, I am looking at you.

For now, let’s see how the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, and the Bentley Continental GT stack up against one another.

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Mid-Year Review: The 6 Most Important Cars of 2018

Mid-Year Review: The 6 Most Important Cars of 2018

Apart from really important SUV debuts, the first six months of 2018 saw the introduction of some astonishing cars as well. We had it all, from electric supercars to coupe-like performance sedans and standard, but revolutionary sedans.

This year is seeing a smart shift in car development thinking. Obviously, companies have to reinvent their business model and offer the world something unique. This led to the introduction of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, the fantastic Volvo S60 which you don’t have to buy but subscribe to it as you do with Netflix, and the super fast luxury GT that’s as mad as the 812 Superfast – the DBS Superleggera. Then there is the Rimac C_Two – a car that basically showcases the growth of a young car company. Thanks to technology wonders, we can basically watch the company development live. And, the Rimac C_Two was their Rumble in the Jungle moment. These are this year’s six most thrilling debuts so far.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

A true flagship with an iconic name and timeless styling

Aston Martin’s new flagship tourer is finally here, and it brings with it two iconic names blended together and plenty of power to make models like the Ferrari 812 Superfast tremble with fear. To make the new Superleggera what it is, Aston Martin did some serious work to the underpinnings that were borrowed from the DB11. In essence, the automaker managed to shed a total of 160 pounds and threw in a more aggressive design that makes it worthy of flagship status. Powering the beast is Aston’s familiar 5.2-liter V-12, but it’s tuned to deliver a gut-wrenching 715 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque – enough to push this beaut up to 50 mph in 3.4 seconds and all the way to a top speed of 211 mph.

All of this in mind, we saw it only fitting to make the new DBS Superleggera our wallpaper of the day here at TopSpeed and decided to share our favorite wallpaper selections with you. Our favorite is showcased below, but there’s plenty more in the gallery just a little lower. Go ahead – spruce up your desktop a little bit. You deserve it.

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Comparison: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs. Aston Martin DB11

Comparison: 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera vs. Aston Martin DB11

Adding extra heat to the recipe

Aston’s latest addition to the world of high-end speed is the DBS Superleggera, a V-12-powered range-topping super GT flagship. This thing is one big, bad monster machine, but peel back the sultry body pieces, and you’ll find the Aston Martin DB11, which provides both the underpinnings and many of the mechanical bits. So then, how do they compare?

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5 Tech Features That Would make the Aston Martin DBS Superlegerra a Supercar in Any Dictionary

5 Tech Features That Would make the Aston Martin DBS Superlegerra a Supercar in Any Dictionary

Appearing to the delight of the entire world, the latest Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has been almost unanimously declared the best iteration of Aston Martin’s new design language. Yet, you are not here to read about the sexy shapes and curves of the latest British super GT.

“The DBS Superleggera not only marks the return of a great Aston Martin name, but signals our return to the very pinnacle of the Super GT sector,” Andy Palmer, Aston Martin’s CEO, comments. “Handsome beyond measure, its lightweight carbon composite and aluminum body is sculpted into a shape with tremendous presence and charisma.”

Learn about five most important features of the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera which make it one of the most advanced and most thrilling Super GTs in the world. As the word supercar lost its true meaning all the way back when people started calling the GT-R a supercar, I will go out on a limb and say it - I think that the DBS Superleggera is closer to being a supercar than any other sports cars ever was.

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Which Cars Could Possibly Compare with the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera?

Which Cars Could Possibly Compare with the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera?

It has a niche all its own but there are still plenty of competitors

First of all, you have to bear in mind that all the cars in the so-called super luxury GT class have somewhat unique characteristics. They aren’t as segmentized as, say, compact hatchbacks, or midsize sedans. That being said, there is no direct competitor to either one of them, but they are all competing with each other on one level or another. The Aston Martin Superleggera entered the segment as a sexy beast poised to take on Ferrari. It is a hard-core machine, but not without its luxury merit. Considering its fighting nature, laced with lush luxury and Aston Martin delight, the DBS Superleggera competes within both segments - the fast and the luxury. That is why it has to take on everything - from a Rolls-Royce to a Ferrari.

Some characteristics for this comparison had to be set, though. All cars have to have two doors, a V-12 engine under the hood, some exceptional performance figures, and they need to be handsomely priced.

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2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - How We'd Spec It

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera - How We’d Spec It

No machine gun turret or ejector seat options - yet

The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is finally here, and with it, the folks from Gaydon have released an online configurator to tweak and customize yours to perfection. We dove in head first, and this is the result.

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Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Love It or Leave It - The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Having seen the gorgeous designs and solid performance figures of the DB11 and the new-generation Vantage, we were extremely anxious to see what Aston Martin has in store for next-generation Vanquish. The flagship grand tourer was finally unveiled this month, and alongside everything that is new inside and out, it also gained a new badge. Say goodbye to the Vanquish (for the second time), and hello to the DBS Superleggera.

Revived after six years, the DBS nameplate replaces the Vanquish for the second time. But this time around, it’s joined by the "Superleggera" badge, which Aston Martin is using as a tribute to the Carrozzeria Touring, the design firm that helped pen the iconic DB4, DB5, and DB6. What do we think about this new design and the tech under the skin? Find out from the TopSpeed staff below.

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5 Important Facts About the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

5 Important Facts About the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

It’s as impressive as it gets!

Aston Martin just replaced the Vanquish S with the DBS Superleggera, and the new grand tourer is a stunning vehicle in terms of design and technology. It’s lighter, faster, and more powerful than its predecessor, while also incorporating a lot more technology and race-inspired features. The new two-door also marks the return of the "DBS" badge, and it’s the company’s first modern vehicle that pays tribute to Carrozzeria Touring, the design house that helped pen some of the most iconic Aston Martins. But more on this and other important facts about the DBS Superleggera in the article below.

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2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Replacing the Vanquish with a classic

Having redesigned the DB9, which changed its name to the DB11, and the Vantage, Aston Martin now introduced a replacement for the Vanquish S. Much like the DB9, the Vanquish name was retired and replaced by a badge that goes back to the late 1960s. Meet the DBS Superleggera, the company’s new flagship grand tourer.

Built on the underpinnings of the DB11, the DBS Superleggera is lighter and more powerful. Tipping the scales at 3,733 pounds, the DBS shed nearly 160 pounds compared to the DB11. The grand tourer is also more aggressive by design, almost touching supercar territory thanks to its low-slung stance and really low ground clearance. The new grand tourer also pays homage to the historic super lightweight construction technology of the famous Italian coachbuilder Superleggera, which penned the iconic DB4 and DB5. Let’s find out what the new DBS Superleggera is all about in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

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Here's the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera!

Here’s the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera!

The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is here!

Aston Martin has brought back the DBS Superleggera name for its 715-horsepower flagship to go with a significant drop in weight, sportier interior, revised exterior, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Aston Martin Teases the DBS Superleggera Before Tomorrow's Big Debut

Aston Martin Teases the DBS Superleggera Before Tomorrow’s Big Debut

Hitting heavy with a super light

The 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is very nearly upon us, but before it officially drops cover, the folks from Gaydon are stoking the flames of excitement with a brief teaser video.

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Leaked: The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera shows its stunning body at a Private event

Leaked: The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera shows its stunning body at a Private event

A quick peak before tomorrow’s debut!

Believe it or not, at this point the world has only one front-engined, rear-wheel drive luxury super GT. It is called the Ferrari 812 Superfast. This won’t be the case for much longer, though, as the Brits are on the verge of releasing something similarly mad and opulent - the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera. We have been hearing about it for quite some time now, but only found out about its official name in April. Now, the car has been spotted, photographed, and leaked online. During a private presentation behind closed doors somewhere in Asia, some eager Aston Martin enthusiast managed to snap a picture. It shows a full-fledged luxury GT that showcases some of the finer points of Aston Martin design cues. It’s biblical.

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2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

Replacing the old Vanquish Volante

Aston Martin has just replaced the six-year old Vanquish with the DBS Superleggera. Introduced in June 2018, the DBS name returns after a six-year absence with a brand-new design, underpinnings from the DB11, and turbocharged V-12 engine. Now that the coupe is ready to hit the streets, Aston Martin is readying a Volante version. The convertible was spotted testing alongside the coupe and could arrive by the end of the year.

Designed to replace the aging Vanquish Volante, the DBS Superleggera Volante will benefit from Aston Martin’s new design language. The cabriolet will be identical to the coupe below the waist, but it will feature a canvas top instead of the usual metal roof. A more luxurious interior, new technology, and a beefed-up drivetrain will round out the package.

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A Love Affair With The Aston Martin DBS: Video

A Love Affair With The Aston Martin DBS: Video

There’s something to be said for having a real connection between a driver and his car. I’m not talking about ‘connection’ in a platonic level, but in a deep and personal level that only the driver and his car share. I’ve seen some people have that kind of relationship with their cars. It doesn’t matter if they don’t have the right clothes to match the status of the car, or that they don’t have a proper garage to park their cars. What’s important to them is the car. Nothing else matters.

Watching this episode of Petrolicious made me remember those people. This episode features Michael von Trzebiatowski and a 1971 Aston Martin DBS V8, or to be a little clearer about it, this episode is all about von Trzebiatowski’s relationship with his DBS. From the start, it’s established that the DBS is more than just a car for von Trzebiatowski. It’s a realization of a desire and a dream to one day own this specific model and the lengths he went to just so he could fulfill his dream.

You know that someone loves his car in he purest and rawest sense when he makes - I’ll just say it - irrational decisions about it. For most people, the way von Trzebiatowski took ownership of his DBS could be described as irrational. But, for those who understand the sacrifices that have to be made in order to realize one’s dream of owning his dream car, von Trzebiatowski is the kind of success and love story that resonates with those who share his passion.

Sometimes, a car is more than just a car. In those rare instances, it becomes a partner, a mate, a friend, and in the case of von Trzebiatowski, a love affair. That’s the beauty of being a real car enthusiast. The word "love" isn’t measured in power, speed, or price tag, but in dreams being fulfilled.

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Barn-Found Aston Martin DBS Headed To Auction

Barn-Found Aston Martin DBS Headed To Auction

The last original Aston Martin DBS to come off the production line in 1972 has been found in a barn England and will be auctioned by COYS in London, on March 10th. Discovered by Chris Routledge, the Managing Partner of the auction house, the DBS has been sitting in a barn in Surrey since 1980 and is in dire need of a thorough restoration. Although it will be sold in its current state, the vehicle is expected to fetch between £25,000 to £40,000, especially since it’s one of only 787 units built.

"This is the ultimate barn find and an important part of Aston Martin’s history. It has been sitting in a barn since 1980 and now needs to be brought back to its former glory. The windows are broken, the interior trim is missing and it’s rusty, but it’s all there and there has been huge interest from collectors around the world," Routledge said in a statement.

Until it goes under the hammer, the car will be displayed by Aston Martin Mayfair at Aston Martin W-One, Brook House, 113 Park Lane, Mayfair, London. The auction takes place during the COYS "Spring Classics" auction at the Royal Horticultural Society.

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1970 Aston Martin DBS

1970 Aston Martin DBS

The Bonhams auction is one of those rare times of the year when some of the most exotic classic vehicles are awaken from hibernation for whole world to see. This year, a special Aston Martin DBS was showcased at Bonhams and judging by its history as the DBS used in the British television series "The Persuaders!", you could understand why the car fetched for more than just a pretty penny.

The famed 1970 Aston Martin DBS that starred in the hit British television series was a popular model at Bonhams and the final price really validated its status as one of the most significant TV cars of its time. After all, nobody pays £533,500 for just any other Aston Martin from the 1970’s.

That figure also established a new world record for an Aston Martin DBS sold at auction. That’s a fitting designation for one of the few Aston Martins in history that people grew up watching on TV, beginning a love affair with the marquee that in its own way, has lasted the test of time and generations.

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2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Summerheat by Wheelsandmore

2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Summerheat by Wheelsandmore

It seems a little odd for Wheelsandmore to release a tuning program strangely named "Summerheat".

But that’s exactly what the German aftermarket company did, and it used an Aston Martin DBS Volante to showcase its new project. The DBS Volante is impressive enough in its own right, but Wheelsandmore managed to give it the right kind of performance and handling bump that gives the British sports car some spicy new credentials.

It’s hard to imagine a car like the DBS Volante getting even more premium upgrades, let alone one that gives it a nice uptick in the power department. But such is the touch of Wheelsandmore.

Every time we think this aftermarket company has pushed its tuning skills to the limit, it comes back and proves us wrong time and time again.

It’s work on the DBS Volante is only the latest in a long line of examples that we hope doesn’t end now or any time soon.

Click past the jump to read about what Wheelsandmore did to the since christened "Summerheat" Aston Martin DBS Volante

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2013 Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial

2013 Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial

Any time an automaker celebrates its 100th birthday, you can expect pretty much a year’s worth of festivities, including, but not limited to, the production of some pretty special one-off models.

Aston Martin is taking that route and true to form, noted Italian design house Zagato, has joined in on the party.

The two companies have collaborated to build a pair of one-offs, including one based on the new DBS Coupe. It’s called the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial and it’s rather astounding.

Norihiko Harada, Zagato’s chief designer, admitted to redesigning the DBS as a difficult job especially when it came with the pressure of a one-off model that’s being developed to celebrate the British automaker’s 100th anniversary.

To the credit of everyone involved in the project, the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial lives up to its exclusive designation. The coupe/fastback design of the car is a clear indication of its Aston Martin heritage while the double-bubble roof design and the flair by which its presented is true to form on what you’d expect with Zagato, especially the classic models that the one-off is reminiscent of.

In the end, designing the DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial brings the sporty styling together of Zagato with the classic luxury of Aston Martin. A job well done, if we do say so ourselves; something it’s Japanese owner will more than likely approve of.

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2012 Aston Martin DBS Coupe

2012 Aston Martin DBS Coupe

The Aston Martin DBS has had a pretty long lifespan after first being introduced in 1967. The current generation, though, didn’t hit the market until 2008, which in itself is already long for the industry.

But despite its age, the DBS remains one of Aston Martin’s meal tickets, a car that has come to define the British automaker’s quest to build the ultimate expression of its engineering and technical know-how.

It’s not a coincidence that the DBS has lasted this long and even though, it’s ripe for a facelift, it’s still got the combination of style and power that even newer models like the Audi R8 V10 and the Bentley Continental GT have to take serious note of.

The 2012 Aston Martin DBS is personifies everything that’s right with Aston Martin, carrying with it the history and technology that has come to define this model in all the years that it’s been around.

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Video: First DLC Pack for Forza: Horizon Comes with McLaren F1 and a Host of Other Exotics

Video: First DLC Pack for Forza: Horizon Comes with McLaren F1 and a Host of Other Exotics

Just in time for the holiday season, Turn 10 Studios is dropping the first ever expansion pack for Forza: Horizon. Judging by the list of seven new vehicles that are part of the December IGN Car Pack, you’d be a fool to let this pack go by without snagging it up.

The pack includes: the McLaren F1, the 2012 Ferrari F12berlinetta, the 2012 Aston Martin DBS, a Ford F-150 SCT Raptor, the Hummer H1 Alpha Open Top, and most intriguingly, the 2006 Ford GTX1.

That’s the kind of list usually reserved only for fantasy garages. Now, for less money than a new pair of Air Jordans, you can own all of those exotics and have them at your complete disposable. Of course, you can only drive in the virtual world of Forza: Horizon. But, hey, that’s where the fantasy kicks in.

The December IGN Pack for Forza: Horizon will go live on December 4. Be on the lookout for it. In the meantime, check out this trailer of the pack from Turn 10 Studios. If that doesn’t get you excited, we don’t know why you even have an XBox 360 to begin with.

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2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition by Wheelsandmore

2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition by Wheelsandmore

German tuning firm Wheelsandmore is back with another program only a week removed from presenting its newest project for the Lamborghini Aventador.

This time around, Wheelsandmore is going for a decidedly British flavor: the Aston Martin DBS. Mind you, it’s not your typical DBS, although "typical" and "DBS" should never be used in the same sentence anyway. The project at hand is for the DBS Carbon Edition.

Wheelsandmore built up a program for this exclusive supercar and managed to smack another one out of the park. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much attention paid to dressing up the DBS Carbon Edition, sans the addition of 21-inch 6Sporz² wheels in one of two different finishes — carbon-fiber effect or carbon-fiber effect with a red a trim — wrapped in Continental Sport Contact 5P tires.

Wheelsandmore added in a new suspension module that dropped the DBS Carbon Edition by 25 mm (0.98 inches), which further enhanced the handling and appearance of the supercar. Finally, and most importantly, Wheelsandmore pumped up the DBS Carbon Edition’s output with the addition of its new CRP kit. This kit added an extra 40 horsepower to the British exotic’s 517-horsepower output, netting a total of 557 horsepower.

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Celebrity Auction Block: 2008 Aston Martin DBS “Quantum of Solace”

Celebrity Auction Block: 2008 Aston Martin DBS “Quantum of Solace”

If you are both a car fan and a James Bond fan, and saw the “Quantum of Solace” movie, you likely salivated over the Quantum Silver 2008 Aston Martin DBS that Bond drove. You are not alone in this drooling effect, we did it too. Well, now you can own a piece of history – well, a one-of-seven piece of history – by buying this famous 2008 DBS at auction.

Christies auction house is auctioning off one of the seven 2008 Aston Martin DBSs used in the “Quantum of Solace” film. This model is draped in deep silver paint and boasts black leather interior. From the looks of it in the auction catalog, the car looks to be in fantastic shape, but there is no information on what scenes this particular chassis was used in.

This beast is not only famous, but it’s fast too. With its 5.9-liter V-12 engine that pumps out 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, this beast sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in only 4.3 seconds. The 6-speed manual gearbox allows you to rip through the gears at will – no fancy-pants automatic transmission in this sports car.

This 2008 DBS is anticipated to fetch between $160,000 and $230,000, which is about $3,000 to $73,000 more than your everyday 2008 DS is valued at, per Kelly Blue Book. If you can get in it for close to the bottom, you’ve got yourself a great deal. Unfortunately, Christies does not list the actual mileage of the vehicle, but we anticipate that it is extremely low for the year.

The auction kicks off on Friday, October 5th at 8:30 p.m.

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Hot Chicks and Hot Cars, `Nuff Said...

Hot Chicks and Hot Cars, `Nuff Said...

You know we love hot cars because we write about them all day every day. Well, when we catch hot women driving hot cars, that just makes our trek toward the weekend all the more fun. Mr. Smee150 has blessed both our eyes and ears with a plethora of rather well-built women whipping some just as well put together cars.

This all takes place in Monaco, AKA the land where even a janitor drives a new Audi, in July. The array of cars include a Mercedes-Benz SLS Roadster , Ferrari 599 GTO, Ferrari California, Bentley Continental GT, Gemballa Porsche 911, Maserati Grancabrio, Bentley Azure, Mansory Stallone Ferrari 599 GTB (my personal favorite), and an Aston Martin DBS Volante.

What a list that is. I just wish we could find out who each woman driving each car is and how exactly she got her hands on it. We’d also like to find out which ones are single and would like a strapping young American lad... For, umm, my friend...Yeah! My friend wants to know.

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Video: James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 returns in Skyfall

Video: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 returns in Skyfall

The James Bond movie franchise has featured some of the most iconic British cars in the world, none more so than the Aston Martin DB5. We all remember the classic speedster that not only appeared in five Bond movies, but also became a hot toy collectible for a generation of young Bond fans back in the day.

It appears that people are nostalgic for the fabled DBS because the car, in true Bond fashion, is making a comeback in the latest installment of the franchise, Skyfall.

This video provided to us by the movie’s dedicated page explains just how important a role the DB5 has played in the Bond movies. The classic British look, combined with all those gizmos and gadgetry that could give the Batmobile a run for its money, really holds a special place in the hearts of Bond fans.

To see that it’s coming back in Skyfall only adds to our anticipation of seeing the movie, which incidentally opens in theaters later this year. There aren’t that many things in this world that can render James Bond into the background, but the Aston Martin DB5 is one of them.

After all, there’s a reason why 007, and all of us for that matter, can’t seem to get enough of it.

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Video: Aston Martin DBS Volante pitted against Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Video: Aston Martin DBS Volante pitted against Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

With all the recent hype surrounding the brand new Aston Martin Vanquish, one could be excused for completely forgetting about its predecessor, the DBS, which is still going strong. This fact is exemplified in the latest EVO magazine track test conducted by television presenter, Tiff Needell.

Despite the fact that the DBS Volante will be superseded by a convertible version of the new Vanquish in a couple of years, pitting the present day DBS Volante against the much-newer Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster is still a prevalent test.

Not only do both of these cars slot into similar price brackets and appeal to similar buyers, but both produce similar outputs with the DBS Volante cranking out 510HP and 420 lb-ft of torque from its impressive, yet rather-out-dated, 5.9-liter V12 engine.

Featuring a vastly different 6.2-liter V8 engine, the SLS AMG Roadster produces a little more than the DBS, with peak horsepower reaching 563HP while an impressive torque figure of 479 lb-ft is also achieved.

With both cars’ tackling the Bedford Autodrome in similarly horrible conditions, it certainly makes for an enjoyable video, so check it out!

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2012 Aston Martin DBS Casino Royale by Kahn Design

2012 Aston Martin DBS Casino Royale by Kahn Design

While the world is preparing to say good bye to the Aston Martin DBS, more and more tuners have turned their attention to the car that became famous thanks to its part in the James Bond movie Casino Royale. The latest package comes from British tuner Kahn Design who has tried to offer the DBS an alluring combination of style, sophistication, majesty, convention, comfort, and practicality.

Kahn’s package doesn’t include any power upgrades, but it does include a smoky exterior finish befitting of a spy. It has matte black front splitters, privacy tinted glass, a matte black rear diffuser, and a matte grey twin exhaust system. Adding to the look is a lowered sports suspension, which displays the new set of diamond cut smoked black Kahn 21" RSX-F wheels (available in 9 x 20) highlighted by the red brake calipers. Not much was done to the interior except for exquisite black Alcantara sports seats and a steering wheel complete with white stitching, but with Kahn’s tuning packages, customers can always ask for any array material and color combinations.

Power remains with the hand-built V12 engine producing a total of 510 hp at 6500 rpm.

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2012 Aston Martin DBX Concept by DMC

2012 Aston Martin DBX Concept by DMC

German tuner DMC has a new project on their hands. No, it’s not a Lamborghini, but it’s something that looks about as stunning as anything they’ve ever built.

The Aston Martin DBX Concept is the kind of car you would fall head over heels for at the mere sight of it. Give credit to the Dusseldorf-based tuner because they did a heck of a job on the car.

The dramatic bodykit features a plethora of new components, including a new front bumper, side skirts, a new bonnet, a roof scoop, a rear spoiler, a rear bumper, and a rear diffuser. When taken all together and fitted into an Aston Martin DBS, the result is nothing short of breathtaking.

And by the way, there are also added splashes of flair, particularly the gold mesh inserts on the grille and the window edging, as well as what appears to be an optional dual central exhaust system.

About the only thing lacking is a performance mod, but since DMC is still testing the waters to see how the concept will be received - if there’s enough want, they could produce it as a limited edition - we’re still holding out hope that they work their magic under the hood of the DBX Concept.

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Aston Martin DBS successor will be called Vanquish

Aston Martin DBS successor will be called Vanquish

Aston Martin used the Vanquish name for the first back in 2001 when it unveiled the grand tourer designed by Ian Callum. After a successful run on the market and a role in Die Another Day, the Vanquish went out of production in 2007, but now it seems as though the company is considering bringing it back. British magazine, CAR, has caught the new DBS successor fully uncovered with the rear sporting a "Vanquish" badge.

This is the first and only uncovered photo of the new DBS, so the only details available are for the rear of the car. In the image, there’s an elegant integrated rear spoiler, a very elegant rear deck and a pair of blunderbuss exhausts straddling a large diffuser panel designed for maximum aero efficiency and air-cleaving. As you can see, these elements were inspired by the One-77 supercar as was originally promised.

Previewed by the AM 310 concept car, the new DBS - aka Vanquish Mk2 - will be making its world debut later this summer at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Hit the jump to see our rendering of the future Vanquish.

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2012 Aston Martin Project AM 310

2012 Aston Martin Project AM 310

During this past week-end at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, Aston Martin has displayed the new Project AM 310 - a preview version of the next generation DBS set to be unveiled in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

While Aston Martin is still not offering any official details on this new concept, numerous internet sources are suggesting that the AM 310 will be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 engine with output increased to 573 HP - an increase o 63 HP over the engine currently used in model likeV12 Vantage, DBS and DB9.

Also, the new AM 310 will be featuring a lightweight construction and comes with a transaxle gearbox and wishbone suspension. The concept is also making intense use of carbon fiber elements, while it is easily to notice lots of design elements inspired by the One-77 supercar - a feature already confirmed for the next DBS.

All we can say is that sure the next DBS will be bolder and more aggressive and we can hardly wait to see it on the roads.

Hit the jump to watch the Aston Martin Project AM 310 in action at Villa d’Este.

UPDATE 06/04/12: Aston Martin has released a new teaser video of the Project AM310, calling it "The Art of Aston Martin". It’s got plenty of shots of thunder clouds, a Japanese samurai, a fighter pilot, and even a shark - but no sign of the Project AM310. Talk about the ultimate tease.

UPDATE 06/15/12: Even if Aston Martin has already unveiled the AM 310 Project at the Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, the company is continuing to tease the new supercar and also announced the new 310 will arrive soon.

UPDATE 02/19/13: Aston Martin’s Project AM310 is a saucy piece of ride. That’s why Aston Martin is taking the time to release a new promo video of the limited edition supercar, complete with emphasis on the car’s carbon fiber body, the chassis, and most importantly, the powerful V12 engine. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.

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Spy Shots: Next Aston Martin DBS warms up at Nurburgring

Aston Martin is intensely preparing their new DBS for its official launch and in the past few days, the future DBS was spotted running a very quick lap around the Nürburgring with its sticky Pirelli tires.

According to our spy photographers, the sports car was very fast! That speed comes from its previously used 6.0-liter V-12 engine delivering somewhere between 550-600 HP. Add that to the fact that it was built on a lighter chassis and extensive use of lightweight materials, and you have the recipe for a very successful - and fast - sports car!

As for the design of the DBS, Aston Martin clearly took inspiration from its One-77, visible on the front of the vehicle with its reshaped headlights. The rest of the design seems to be a direct evolution of the current DBS with sportier touches here and there. The rear of the vehicle was more refined with adjustments made to the rear bumper and exhaust.

Expect to see the new Aston Martin DBS launched at the 2012 Paris Auto Show this September.

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2012 Aston Martin DBS Casino Royale by Anderson Germany

2012 Aston Martin DBS Casino Royale by Anderson Germany

While Aston Martin is preparing to say good bye to the current DBS with the recently announced DBS Ultimate Edition, German tuner Anderson Germany has created one more tuning package based on the sports car. The final product is called "Casino Royale," as a tribute to the James Bond movie where it was featured, and includes a pretty cool exterior package, as well as the addition of 55 HP.

The new Aston Martin DBS Casino Royale comes painted in a very cool Platinum Grey that is contrasted by shiny gray on the window borders, tailgates block, and radiator case. The car sits on a new set of 21" wheels painted in gray and combined with brake calipers painted in bronze.

The tuner has also installed a carbon exterior packet that includes a front spoiler lip, a rear diffuser, and a mirror besides full tinted glass. There is also a new exhaust system with catalyst, replacement pipes, manifold, and software optimization. As a result, the total output has gone from 517 HP to 572 HP, while total weight has been reduced by 46 lbs.

The interior gets new ventilation, cup holders, door handles, ashtrays, door sills, steering wheel, handbrake handles, and a new center console all done up in carbon fiber.

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2013 Aston Martin DBS Ultimate Edition

2013 Aston Martin DBS Ultimate Edition

For the 2013 model year, Aston Martin is producing an all new DBS, which means the current lineup is, of course, on its way out the door. Recently, an insider sat down with Car and Driver, and discussed what the British automaker’s plans are with the current DBS.

According to the source, the final 100 models of the DBS will be dubbed the DBS Ultimate Edition and will feature a nice array of extra goodies. The source didn’t offer too much about what the Ultimate Edition will include, but said to look to the differences between the 2010 DBS and the 2010 DBS Carbon Black for a good idea of what’s to come with this model.

This would first off mean that there are likely not going to be any mechanical modifications. Then again, 12-cylinder monster pumping out 510 ponies, there is really no need for any mechanical changes. For the most part, the changes will be extra features and a few mild visual changes.

The vast majority of the additions to the 2010 DBS Carbon Black Special Edition was making everything black on the inside and outside, except for a few splashes of silver on the inside. The rims were a polished alloy with its inserts painted, you guessed it, black! You also had the option of alloy or carbon black doorsill plates – woo hoo a choice other than black. The 2010 Carbon Black Special edition also added in an upgraded 1,000-watt stereo system.

To wrap this all up, we can anticipate a new paint job for the Ultimate Edition, something not already a part of the DBS line. A set of upgraded rims to mimic the paintjob should be expected. Plus, we should anticipate an upgraded stereo system from the already impressive 1,000 watt system on the existing DBS.

This is all we know at this point, we will keep you up to date as more info comes out.

UPDATE 05/08/12: Itching to see what the Aston Martin DBS Ultimate Edition looks like? Fret no longer because the British automaker recently dropped the covers off of their final DBS models with some catalog photos online! Check it out in all its sleek and spankin’ sexiness.

UPDATE 05/14/12:Aston Martin has announced prices for the new special edition DBS Ultimate: $287,576 for the coupe and $302,576 for the roadster version.

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1966 Aston Martin 'Short-Chassis' Volante

1966 Aston Martin ’Short-Chassis’ Volante

In 1965, the Aston Martin DB5 was on its way out of showrooms and the new DB6 was being shown off at the London Motor Show. Between these two events lies the shortest-lasting production model convertible ever produced by Aston: the 1966 Aston Martin Volante.

The Volante was based off of the 37 remaining unused 1965 DB5s, but donned the more luxurious amenities of the DB6. When this model debuted, it was nicknamed the “Short Chassis” in an effort to help distinguish it from the longer DB6. As a result of the name, many people mistook that as meaning it was actually a shortened version of the DB5, which it is not.

Despite its awesome performance for the era, sharp looks, and popularity, the Volante was only an interim car. It was used just to bridge the gap between the time that the DB5 left and the DB6 hit showrooms. This means that production ceased as soon as the 37 unused DB5 chassis were converted.

Coming across a rare Aston Martin like this happens just about as often as you have a chance of seeing a Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster. Okay, maybe it’s a little more likely than seeing those, but you get our point. Well, get your wallet and passport ready, as RM Auctions is just about to auction off one of the 37 1966 Aston Martin ’Short Chassis’ Volante units on May 12th, 2012 in Monaco.

So how does this classic Brit motorcar look, feel, and drive?

Click past the jump to read our review and find out.

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Future Aston Martin DBS will deliver 550 HP

Future Aston Martin DBS will deliver 550 HP

We know already that Aston Martin is working on a new generation DBS and today, AutoCar is offering a few more details on the upcoming sports car that has been announced to be "a huge revamp of today’s DBS." The new version will get more aggressive styling, a higher-quality interior, and more power in order to make it a stronger competitor for the recently announced Ferrari F12 Berlinetta.

The new Aston Martin DBS will feature an exterior design inspired by the One-77 supercar with thin plastic panels, a more pronounced rear wheel arch, and more side detailing. At the front, the new DBS will feature a wider grille and a distinctive airdam chin spoiler.

Under the hood, Aston Martin will place a 6.0-liter V12 engine that will deliver a total of 550 HP - an increase of over 40 HP over the current generation. The engine will be mated to a new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The new generation Aston Martin DBS will be revealed at Pebble Beach in August 2012.

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2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition

2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition

Aston Martin is presenting two new special editions at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show that pick up where the DBS Carbon Black Edition left off back in 2009. These new special editions will get "Black" dropped from their titles and will receive two new exterior colors: Flame Orange and Ceramic Grey. The end result is the new DBS Carbon Edition, available in both coupe and cabrio models.

The new DBS Carbon edition will be distinguished by a new set of 10-spoke gloss black diamond turned wheels and standard black brake calipers, with yellow, orange, red, or grey calipers available as an option. Other features include a black grille, carbon fiber mirror heads, carbon rear lamp in-fills, and smoked rear lights.

The interior offers the "familiar swathes of obsidian black or maranello orange semi-aniline leather" which take about 70 man hours to hand stitch and finish. There are also magnesium alloy paddles tipped with carbon fiber and a unique carbon fiber special edition sill plaque with a laser etched metal inlay.

Prices start at $287,576 for the coupe and $302,576 for the Volante, with deliveries beginning in the first quarter of 2012.

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World's biggest James Bond auto collection scheduled for 2012 exhibit

World’s biggest James Bond auto collection scheduled for 2012 exhibit

James Bond may be a fictional character to all of us, but the dashing debonair / awesome secret agent is still an inspiration to all of us. Who wouldn’t want to be in his shoes? He’s got a killer job, he scores the hottest women, and best of all - at least in our case - he drives the fanciest cars.

That last part is such an integral part of the Bond legend that an exhibition is actually being planned to showcase the largest collection of James Bond vehicle to ever be displayed. The whole event is being prepared through the collaborative efforts of the UK’s National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and EON Productions, which is doing the groundwork for the event in preparation for the 50th anniversary of Ian Fleming’s Bond franchise.

Around 50 cars are expected to be included in the exhibit highlighted by the 2008 Aston Martin DBS from Quantum of Solace, the 2002 Jaguar XKR with SFX weapons from Die Another Day, the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldeneye, and the 1937 Phantom lll Rolls-Royce from Goldfinger.

The exhibit will be held at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, United Kingdom and will run the entire length of the 2012 calendar year.

“Following the success of the first Bond cars exhibition staged at Beaulieu in 2001, we are delighted to be working with EON again on this new display, bringing together the world’s largest collection of Bond vehicles, Beaulieu’s Commercial Director, Stephen Munn said.

The exhibit won’t open for another few months, but it’s safe to say that we’ll be dropping by to check it out if we find ourselves in the area next year.

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2013 Aston Martin DBS Preview

2013 Aston Martin DBS Preview

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

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2011 Aston Martin DBS Superior Black Edition by Anderson Germany

2011 Aston Martin DBS Superior Black Edition by Anderson Germany

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.

Nicely done, Anderson Germany.

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2011 Aston Martin DBS by Graf Weckerle

2011 Aston Martin DBS by Graf Weckerle

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.

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Video: Aston Martin Music

Video: Aston Martin Music

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.

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Aston Martin DBS Volante by Al & Eds Autosound

Aston Martin DBS Volante by Al & Eds Autosound

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”.

Press release after the jump.

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Is this an Aston Martin DBS Art Car?

Is this an Aston Martin DBS Art Car?

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.

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Supercar World Cup: ZR1, DBS, GTR, 911 Turbo

Supercar World Cup: ZR1, DBS, GTR, 911 Turbo

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.

Let the games begin.

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Aston Martin DBS facelift spied testing

Aston Martin DBS facelift spied testing

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.

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James Bond Aston Martin DB5 up for auction

James Bond Aston Martin DB5 up for auction

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, theAston 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.

Full story and press release after the jump.

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Aston Martin DBS by Edo Competition

Aston Martin DBS by Edo Competition

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.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Aston Martin DBS UB-2010 Limited Edition

2010 Aston Martin DBS UB-2010 Limited Edition

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.

Image courtesy of Automoblog.

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2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante

2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante

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.

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Mansaory Cyrus - new image gallery

Mansaory Cyrus - new image gallery

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.

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2010 Aston Martin DBS and V12 Vantage Carbon Black

2010 Aston Martin DBS and V12 Vantage Carbon Black

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.

Press release after the jump.

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