When it comes to exotic car ownership, it becomes easy to oversimplify. Some would say there are Ferrari guys and some would say there are Lamborghini guys; but there are also...Aston Martin guys. After noticing that all major players have entered the Indian shores, Aston Martin has also made an entry in the Indian automotive sector. Aston Martin DBS is the latest flagship vehicle offered by Aston Martin. Give it a look and you will notice that it is a strikingly beautiful and a beast under the hood as well. The car is designed for excellence and is injected with ultimate racing technologies as well. The hood of the vehicle is so muscular that it gives a tough look to its competition. The car lives up to the coupe reputation and the way the roof merges with the boot is simply magnificent. There are many prominent lines flowing along the body of the car to give it that extra sporty characteristic. If you drive the DBS, you are sure to get a second look from the women and you will be envied by the men around. The ‘key’ to the Aston Martin DBS is not exactly a key; it is a sapphire blob which the company terms as an Emotional Control Unit.
The Aston Martin DBS is a super sport car manufactured by the British. The DBS has been launched in India in two variants viz. Aston Martin DBS 6L V12 Coupe and the Aston Martin DBS Volante. The Volante is a convertible model of the DBS. And even with the roof up, the Volante keeps up the coupe like profile of the car. The DBS Volante has a trendy retractable soft-top and it also uses very minimum of trunk space. The roof can be raised or lowered in just 14 seconds at speeds of upto 30 mph. Also, it is a very cool car in itself as it has been associated with James Bond for almost four decades. The DBS is based on the model Aston Martin DB9 which was very successful. The gear knob of the DBS is a chunky piece of metal and makes you feel that you have got something amazing in your hand. Also the Aston Martin DBS produces 60bhp more than the DB9. The steering is very precise and the carbon ceramic brakes which are standard fitting makes one feel secure even in tricky situations. The Aston Martin DBS is placed in the D+ segment.
When you talk about an Aston Martin, you obviously don’t care about the fuel economy, isn’t it? but in a country like India and with the ever rising fuel prices, it is necessary to know how much the car can do. The car is supposed to give a fuel economy of approximately 4 kmpl under city situations and a fuel economy of about 7 kmpl on the highway run.
The Aston Martin DBS Coupe and Aston Martin DBS Volante has a displacement of 5935cc, and it has a V12, 48 Valve engine. The petrol driven super luxury car has a maximum power of 510bhp at 6500 rpm and has a maximum torque of 570Nm at 5750 rpm.
Both the Aston Martin DBS Coupe and Aston Martin DBS Volante have a top speed of 307 kmph. With a 510bhp engine under the hood the Aston Martin DBS accelerates from 0-100 kmph in just 4.3 seconds.
The Aston Martin DBS has a two-door coupe body style with 2+0 seating where as the DBS Volante has an optional 2+2 seating with two-door soft-cover convertible top body style. Both the variants have the extruded bonded aluminium VH body structure. The Aston Martin DBS body is made up of aluminium, magnesium alloy and carbon-fibre composite. The doors also have side impact beams. The car has Halogen Projector headlamps as the main beam and high intensity discharge headlamps as the dipped beam. The rear end of the car sports clear lens LED tail lamps and side repeaters.
Both the Aston Martin DBS coupe and the Aston Martin DBS Volante are 4720mm long, 1905mm wide. The DBS coupe is 1280mm high while the DBS Volante is 1289mm high. Kerb weight of the DBS Volante manual is 1810kg and touchtronic 2 is 1850kg. While Kerb weight of the DBS coupe manual is 1695kg and touchtronic 2 is 1740kg. Whereas the wheelbase of the Aston Martin DBS remains common for both the variants at 2740mm. The fuel tank capacity is of 80 litres for all the variants.
There is a long list of what the DBS has to offer from the inside. The DBS provides just the right amount of luxury mixed with its sporty characteristic to appeal to the customer. The Aston Martin DBS coupe has a full-grain leather interior. It features semi-aniline leather interior or leather and alcantara interior. The DBS Volante has a standard full-grain leather interior and does not have an alcantara option. The leather used in the Aston Martin is specifically chosen to give out a typically leathery feeling/aroma inside the car.
The dashboard boasts a matrix alloy facia trim with piano black centre console finish and iridium silver surround. The extremely sporty steering wheel is wrapped in leather as well. The DBS has carbon fibre door trims and door pulls. The seats of the DBS are electrically adjustable and the sports seats include the side impact airbags. The seats and exterior mirrors have three memory settings. The airbags in the front are dual stage. The ORVWs (outside rear view mirrors) are heated and have a power fold feature. The DBS also has heated/cooled seats. The rear screen on the DBS is heated too. The luxury car also has automatic air conditioning. The display panels in the car have a unique organic electroluminescent display. There is cruise control as well as trip computers present in the car. The Bluetooth present in the vehicle allows you to answer your mobile handsets hassle free. The DBS also has a Satellite Navigation System. The car has front as well as rear parking sensors. The display screen in the vehicle also monitors the tyre pressure. There is also an engine immobiliser and anti-theft alarm. The remote control features electronic boot release. There is the standard central locking available. The car features a Glass ECU. The DBS being an exclusive vehicle also has a tracking system; but we are not sure if this feature comes onto the Indian shores. The inside of the car has LED map-reading lights. There also is a segment first boot-mounted umbrella. There is a wind deflector present in the car to create a good centre of gravity and to keep your hair set for a long time. The wind deflector is only present in the DBS Volante. Just to give a touch of luxury segment vehicle, the DBS has a pen holder. But this feature is also available only on the DBS touchtronic 2 variants.
The owner can also choose to buy other options like battery conditioner, valve caps with Aston Martin logo. Winter tyres are also available as an option. For those who like to pamper themselves can also buy the Jaeger-Lecoultre AMVOX2 DBS Transponder Watch.
The Aston Martin DBS coupe and the Aston Martin DBS Volante share the same engine configuration. The engine is a 5935cc V12 48-valve beast. The engine has an all alloy quad overhead camshaft. The engine generates a maximum power of 380KW (517ps/510BHP) at 6500 rpm. It also generates a torque of 570NM at 5750 rpm. The Aston Martin DBS has a massive engine to drive. This car is not just fast but it is faster than you think. The Aston Martin DBS accelerates from 0-100 kmph in just 4.3 seconds has a top speed of 191 mph which is around 307 kmph. The Aston Martin DBS has a mid mounted, six-speed manual transmission. There is also a rear mid mounted Touthtronic 2 six-speed transmission with electronic shift-by-wire control system available as an option. The car has a limited slip differential and alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft. Final drive ratio (manual) 3.71:1. Final drive ratio (touchtronic 2) 3.46:1.
The Aston Martin DBS boasts a 1000W Bang & Olufsen Beosound Audio system with ICEPOWER technology. It also includes a Six-CD auto-changer. The system also has integrated Apple IPOD connector. It supports files such as WAV, WAF, MPEG, MP3 etc. The music system also provides with a 3.5mm auxiliary input socket. Audio quality on the music system of the DBS is to the highest levels.You can now buy . Great discounts available.
The Aston Martin DBS runs on 20 inch rims. The car has 20-spoke cast alloy silver painted wheels. The front wheel is 8.5Jx20 inches. The rear wheel is 11Jx20 inches. Front tyre is from Pirelli P zero 245/35 ZR20 and the rear tyre is a Pirelli P zero 295/30 ZR20.
The front brakes on the Aston Martin DBS are ventilated carbon ceramic discs which are 398mm in diameter with six-piston monobloc callipers. The rear brakes are ventilated carbon ceramic discs 360mm in diameter with four-piston monobloc callipers. The car features Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with track mode, ABS with EBD, emergency brake assist and traction control.
The suspension on the Aston Martin DBS features ADS (adaptive damping system) with track mode. This make driving the car around corners even more pleasurable as the car adjusts itself and provides with maximum stability and traction. The front suspension of the Aston Martin DBS are independent double wishbones incorporating anti-dive geometry, coil springs, anti roll bar and monotube adaptive dampers. At the rear suspension the wishbones incorporate anti-squat and anti-lift geometry, other specs being the same.
Aston Martin DBS Pros :
Stunning looks, Good build quality, good driving experience, Fresh in the market.
Aston Martin DBS Cons :
Low profile tyres can cause damage to the under body and suspension on Indian roads, scanty service back up, envious looks from people.
Yes, Its not everyday that a company completes 100 years, its a special ocassion,a once in a life time experience and should be marked with golden words, all this build up is for the Sports car company Aston Martin that is going to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2013 and the company plans to roll out special edition birthday models. Reports say that the company is going to roll out the Aston Martin DBS Ultimate Edition based on the current available Aston Marin. Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez says that this will be a newbie and the company had to make the occasion all the more special, the model that is going to mark the centenary is not a DB9 with the Centenary Edition Badging or limited edition like the One-77 supercar.read more