Live out your James Bond daydreams with the car that he prefers as his latest set of wheels. Carbon-fibre body panels save weight, while an uprated V12 engine give the Aston Martin DBS the pace to keep up with 007.
Some would argue the DBS is simply a tricked up DB9, even if Aston says otherwise. You have to look hard to spot the differences, but look closer and you'll also find it only has two front airbags as standard.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
The DBS's 512bhp from its V12 engine doesn't tell you half of the story. Carbonfibre body panels and carbon ceramic brakes save weight, helping towards the awesome performance from as little as 2500rpm. Say goodbye to 62mph in 4.3secs, while the top speed is a rather naughty 191mph.
Ride & Handling
The trouble with so many sporting cars, GTs included, is the rock-hard ride. Not the DBS. This car manages the rare feat of riding the bumps rather well, yet still providing secure, enjoyable handling. The traction control could work a little sooner to prevent wheel spin (even in third gear) on damp roads, but otherwise there’s plenty of feel through the steering and the car feels more nimble than its size suggests.
A great GT must be capable of covering vast distances quickly, while making those on board feel cosseted all the way – the DBS does exactly that. Once the excitement of the initial bark of the V12 engine dies away, and when the car is cruising comfortably, there’s little engine or wind noise to disturb, just the gentle rumble from those massive tyres. But for frequent fuel stops, you'll cross continents in comfort.