Though heavily primarily based on the mechanically (and stylistically) similar DB9 and Virage models, the Aston Martin DBS distinguishes itself with a additional aggressive look, slightly better power and a greater specialise in handling. It's also this ride of choice of a sure British spy.
The DBS is the primary production Aston Martin to create extensive use of ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber body panels, which results in high levels of performance and management thanks to the combination of inherent lightweight weight, close to-excellent weight distribution, a strong and versatile V12 engine.
As with all current Aston Martins, the engine is hand-assembled at Aston Martin's dedicated engine facility in Cologne, Germany. The classic 6.0-liter V12 features a number of power-increasing enhancements including a 'by-pass' engine air intake port that opens above 5500rpm to permit additional air into the engine, and re-profiled air inlet ports that further improve airflow into the combustion chamber.
Combined with a compression ratio of 10.9:1, the results of these enhancements is prodigious power and torque: the DBS delivers 510 horsepower at 6500 rpm. The 3.seventy one:one final-drive ratio ensures that the extra power is usable, enhancing in-gear acceleration in particular.
Introduced as an alternate to the quality six-speed manual gearbox, DBS customers can currently be afforded the option of the Touchtronic 2 six-speed automatic transmission. Derived from the same ZF transaxle unit that was developed for the DB9, the system has been substantially re-engineered to accommodate the ability and performance characteristics of the DBS.
Like the DB9 and its sibling DBR9 and DBRS9 race cars, the DBS uses Aston Martin's category-leading all-alloy VH (Vertical Horizontal) design, a light-weight bonded aluminum structure that gives outstanding strength and rigidity.
Carbon-fiber panels are used for the boot enclosure, boot lid, door gap surrounds, front wings and bonnet, giving a saving of some 30kg over a lot of standard materials without any reduction in strength.
To take full advantage of its rigid platform, the DBS employs a new and sophisticated Adaptive Damping System (ADS) that uses 2 separate valves to line the dampers to 5 different positions, allowing instant adjustment of the automobile's ride and handling characteristics. The ADS automatically alters the suspension settings to confirm the motive force has high levels of management in any respect times, with the ability to reply instantly to different driving conditions. The dampers can be 'softer,' with a corresponding improvement in ride quality, or 'firm,' providing improved body management for additional spirited driving.
The damper settings are determined by an electronic control unit which takes sensor readings from the automobile's systems, including throttle position, brake position, steering wheel rotation and vehicle speed.
The DBS's Adaptive Damping System ensures that stiffer dampers are out there for higher handling and management when the car is being driven enthusiastically, while not compromising ride comfort throughout traditional driving conditions.
A designated Track mode automatically sets all dampers to their firmest positions, creating it ideal for circuit driving. The DBS is fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tires that have been developed particularly for the automobile, along with new 20-in. lightweight alloy wheels.
The DBS also incorporates a revised Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system, designed to help maintain most traction in challenging driving conditions.
The automotive's braking system marks the primary time Carbon Ceramic Matrix (CCM) brakes are used on a road-going Aston Martin. The end result is shorter stopping distances with glorious resistance to fade in even the most demanding driving conditions. CCM brakes are also some 12.5kg lighter than a conventional system, reducing the weight of the automotive overall and, in particular, the unsprung weight and rotational masses, further enhancing the performance of the suspension.