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  • Aston Martin DBS Coupe
  • Year:
    2012
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  • Engine:
    V12
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    517
  • Torque @ RPM:
    420
  • Displacement:
    6.0 L
  • Top Speed:
    190 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    4.3 sec.
  • Price:
    275861
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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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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.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin DBS

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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.

Enjoy!

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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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2008 Aston Martin DBS

2008 Aston Martin DBS

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%.

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Aston Martin prepares the DBS R

Aston Martin prepares the DBS R

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.

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2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante - new image gallery

2010 Aston Martin DBS Volante - new image gallery

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.

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Video: Aston Martin DBS Volante walk around with Mareck Reichman

Video: Aston Martin DBS Volante walk around with Mareck Reichman

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.

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Aston Martin DBS Volante sneak preview

Aston Martin DBS Volante sneak preview

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.

Full gallery after the jump

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Aston Martin DBS Volante Watch

Aston Martin DBS Volante Watch

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.

Thank you Mr. Reichman.

Aston Martin promotional footage after the jump.

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Partying with Aston Martin

Partying with Aston Martin

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 DB9s 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.

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Aston Martin DBS Volante coming to Geneva

Aston Martin DBS Volante coming to Geneva

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.

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Mr Bond your watch is ready: Aston Martin DBS & Jaeger LeCoultre

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.

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Aston Martin is looking for a name for its future open-top DBS

Aston Martin is looking for a name for its future open-top DBS

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?

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$350,000 for 007's wrecked Aston Martin

$350,000 for 007’s wrecked Aston Martin

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?

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Aston Martin DBS gets new Touchtronic gearbox

Aston Martin DBS gets new Touchtronic gearbox

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.

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James Bond trades martini for Coke - now stirred not shaken

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.

Zero, Coke Zero? No, NO, NO.

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Quantum of Solace featuring Aston Martin DBS

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.

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Aston Martin introduces DBS transponder watch

Aston Martin introduces DBS transponder watch

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.

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Quantum of Solace trailer

Sony Pictures revealed the first official trailer of the new Bond movie "Quantum of Solace," that will hit the big screen on November 7, 2008.

You will have the chance to see for a few seconds the Aston Martin DBS in action.

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Bond's DBS crashed, again!

Bond’s DBS crashed, again!

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.

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James Bond's DBS Crash Video

James Bond’s DBS Crash Video

As we reported on Monday, James Bond’s DBS plunged into an Italian lake while filming the "Quantum of Solace", the newest film in the 007 series.

The stunt man who was driving this unique DBS plunged into an Italian lake while filming one of the most difficult scenes in the movie. The driver of the Aston Martin was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

Now you can see the video of the crash!


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DBS' customers will have to wait for delivery

DBS’ customers will have to wait for delivery

Aston Martin announced that the customers who’ve put orders in for the DBS luxury coupe are going to have to wait about three months longer than Aston had originally intended, to take delivery of the super coupe. Shortages of some of the car’s one-off parts are the source of the hold- up, causing otherwise complete cars to remain unfinished.

Sources within Aston Martin say that the automaker is willing to make people wait, if it means getting the car right. The company isn’t willing to risk its reputation by using available parts that are slightly sub-standard.

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Bond's DBS plunges into a lake

Bond’s DBS plunges into a lake

Deadlock for the biggest spy in the world! Agent 007 remained with no car while filming the "Quantum of Solace", the newest film in the 007 series.

The stunt man who was driving this unique DBS plunged into an Italian lake while filming one of the most difficult scenes in the movie. The driver of the Aston Martin was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

The accident has major consequences for the film. Italian reports say the car was the only one available for shooting, which has spanned the globe from England to Chile and Mexico.

The production has had some difficulties already. A shoot in the famous Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru had to be scrapped in March due to bad weather. Spain is the next locale for the film, which has British actor Daniel Craig reprising his role as the suave secret agent.

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Aston Martin DBS Volante spy shots

Aston Martin DBS Volante spy shots

Inside Line caught a prototype version of the Aston Martin DBS Volante outside the automaker’s Nürburgring workshop. Aston Martin Vice President and General Manager for North America John Walton announced the "possibility" of the DBS Volante at a recent Aston Martin press event in Dallas.

"We design everything we make with the ability to build a coupe and a roadster," said Walton. "We never do anything as an afterthought." Walton said it would be at least 18 months away for the DBS Volante, "if we went there."

The DBS Volanted will be powered by the same 5.9-liter V12 engine found in the DBS Coupe version. Production version will be released by late 2009.

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Jeremy Clarkson tests the Aston Martin DBS

On the last TopGear episode, Jeremy Clarkson tested the Aston Martin DBS. Conclusion? The DBS is the best car he’s driven this year!

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Aston Martin DBS - test drive

Aston Martin DBS - test drive

The guys from Autowek.nl took the Aston Martin DBS on a little ride. It’s true the video is in Dutch, but lucky us it has an English subtitle, so... Enjoy!

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Aston Martin DBS sold out for 5 years

Aston Martin DBS sold out for 5 years

According to Autocar Magazine, Aston Martin received 1500 orders for the newly launched DBS. And how the company announced that the DBS will be limited to only 300 units a year, this means that the car is sold out for 5 years!

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