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The DBS was launched in the market in 2007 by Aston Martin as a two-door grand tourer coupe. It later got a convertible upgrade in 2009, along with other aesthetic additions to the exterior and interiors. The DBS is the successor to the 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish S, which was also a grand tourer and shared the same platform for its design and production. The DBS was discontinued later in 2012 and replaced by the new generation of Aston Martin Vanquish.
In the five years of its production, it got multiple exterior and interior upgrades and was launched several times with new features. The first upgrade was the launch of the convertible top DBS Volante, followed by the Carbon Black, UB-2010 Limited Edition. In 2011, the DBS launched the 2011 DBS Carbon Edition with new paint colours such as Flame Orange, Ceramic Grey and Carbon Black. It also got carbon fibre fillings and diamond-cut 10-spoke alloy wheels. Two new models were launched in 2012 and 2013 - the Year of the Dragon 88 Limited Edition and the Aston Martin DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial. The 88 Limited Edition’s sported Aston Martin wing badges affixed to the bonnet and rear of each car in 24-carat gold plate on nickel plating and marked the Chinese year of the dragon. DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial was designed by a Japanese entrepreneur and featured a unique blue paint job.
Both the DBS Coupe and Volante were fitted with the same 5935 cc engine, which produced a maximum power output of 517 bhp and maximum torque of 570 Nm.
Aston Martin offered the DBS only as a petrol variant and did not launch any diesel, electric or hybrid models to the car.
The DBS was fitted with a six-speed automatic gearbox, which was rear-mounted to give a better body balance to the car.
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Aston Martin’s DBS was one of the English carmaker’s flagship sports cars. The DBS’s latest model launched in India was the 2007 Aston Martin DBS, which was discontinued in 2012. Aston Martin offered two variants for the DBS, the Aston Martin DBS Coupe and the Aston Martin DBS Volante. The DBS Volante offered an open top with a convertible roof, while the DBS Coupe had a hardtop design. The DBS was available in colours such as silver, red and maroon. The standout features that made the model widely popular were its powerband, which provided a good low-end and top-end performance, and its outstanding ride quality and superb braking. The DBS Volante also offered a stylish combination of a luxurious convertible and a powerful sports car. That apart, it also featured in the James Bond Movie ‘Casino Royale’, which made it highly popular among car enthusiasts as well as James Bond fans.
The price for the DBS Coupe started at Rs. 2.55 Crore, while the DBS Volante started at Rs. 2.70 Crore. Both DBS variants competed in the Grand Tourer (GT) segment against rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT and GT 4-Door Coupe, Lexus LX, Jaguar F-type, Mercedes-Benz S class, Aston Martin Vantage, etc.
The power figures offered by the DBS were impressive and quite massive. The 500 plus bhp and torque output are enough and more than what is required from a GT car. It was a proper sports car with furious speeding ability.
Although it had a massive power output, it didn’t hassle the driver in terms of drivability and was great for road trips. It lived up to the name of a grand tourer.
The interior of the DBS was very luxurious and plush. The dashboard and the roofline were fitted with Alcantara leather, the buttons were metallic and had an elegant finish, and there were carbon fibre fittings that made it lighter and enhanced performance.
The DBS’s exterior styling was more muscular than that of the DB9. This gave it an unmissable presence among other cars.
It was a celebrity car and that too of James Bond. The association with the James Bond franchise made it more desirable and increased its overall value.
It was costlier compared to the DB9, while both cars had similar designs and performance features.
The passenger seat offered limited movement, making it uncomfortable for the rear passenger to have a relaxed seating position. It also provided very little luggage space.
The steering wheel lacked a good amount of feel and weight while driving the car, making it challenging to handle the car precisely.
The navigation system was highly complicated and inaccurate.
The DBS had a wide powerband which gave it a massive power output. This, in turn, made the DBS fun and exciting to drive. It had a power-to-weight ratio of 256 bhp per tonne, which was significant for a car of its dimension. Further, even with such high power figures, it emitted lesser CO2 as compared to other models such as the DB9. It also offered a good cabin space with luxurious interiors that felt elegant to be seated in. The handmade fittings and leather finish added to the feeling of eloquence. The ride quality was comfortable and smooth due to the use of best-in-class adaptive dampers. It also offered a robust and reliable build quality and modern design, inspiring a feeling of safety and convenience. Aston Martin is known for its culture of producing high-end performance cars, and with decades of experience and knowledge, they are one of the best car makers across the globe. It fared better in terms of design and performance than its rivals. It also offered a better driving experience but fell short in terms of interior space and convenience. However, its association with movies made it a huge hit and promoted sales. The DBS offered great character in terms of driving experience to buyers looking for a performance car but without trading for luxury and comfort.
Body Type Convertible
Fuel Type Petrol
ARAI Mileage 8.0 kmpl
City Mileage 5.0 kmpl
Seating Capacity 2