Approach the DBS at night, plip the remote and the cabin is bathed in a gentle blue light – making the beautifully styled leather interior look all the more inviting. There's plenty of bare aluminium, including the gearlever, which gets all too cold on a winter's morning, while the metallic theme is followed through to the chronograph-inspired dash. The driving position is spot on, but we'd rather have an electronic handbrake than the old-fashioned lever to the right of the driver's seat.
Aston Martin DBS Coupe space & practicality
If your DBS is the inspiration for a motoring holiday, pack light. The boot will, of course, take your golf clubs, but squashy bags are more sensible than hard cases. The plus two seats in the back of the DB9 have been removed (more weight saving) to make way for more luggage space, but this isn’t exactly a commodious car. Accommodation for driver and passenger is just fine, though.
Aston Martin DBS Coupe equipment
In addition to a pretty impressive stereo system, which can be set up to control your iPod, the DBS comes with a Volvo-sourced navigation system and Bluetooth for your mobile phone. Plus there’s the expected climate control to keep you cool (or warm). The fancy key system still needs to be inserted into the dash and pushed to start the engine (adding to the drama) but we’d rather see a keyless system that enabled you to open the doors without plipping the button.