First things first, this is an awful lot of cash for a car – even one of the DBS’s talents. Perhaps what makes the asking price slightly more difficult is that the DBS is based on the much, much cheaper DB9. Sure, there have been no end of clever (and no doubt expensive) tweaks that transform the car, but it’s still a lot more to pay for a very similar car. Running costs will be what you’d expect from a car with 'supercar' status – simply high.
Aston Martin DBS Coupe quality & reliability
The 'Handbuilt in England' inscription on the kickplates as you open the door says it all. This is a modern, British interior using the finest materials in a super-stylish design. It’s all incredibly cool. The exterior is similarly well-appointed. Even the carbonfibre body panels (front wings and bonnet included) are beautifully painted and fitted. As long as your Aston is suitably cared for, it should easily make it to classic status eventually.
Aston Martin DBS Coupe safety & security
For your money you get the expected electronic gadgetry to keep the car on the road (although we’d like the traction control to be a little more proactive – the car will slide a little too much if too much power is applied on a damp road), but unless you opt for the sports seats, you'll only get two front airbags. The sports seats add side 'bags, but there’s still no sign of head airbags. A security tracking system comes as standard.