PistonHeads' ace snapper Sebastian Geisler has been at it again. He's captured the latest, soon-to-be-released Aston Martin, the DBS.
The DBS, a lightly disguised test version of which is seen here circulating at the Nürburgring, is James Bond's next car in the film Casino Royale, due out in November. Although Aston Martin has yet to release details, the car is based on the DB9 but sits lower, and the V12 is uprated to over 500bhp. Only 300 will be made.
Design Director, Marek Reichman, said: "This car encapsulates a link between our elegant DB9 road car and the powerful DBR9 race car."
Aston Martin boss Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The DBS continues our proud and lengthy association with James Bond. The DBS is not of the understated elegance of a DB9, nor the youthful agility of the V8 Vantage. It is explosive power in a black tie and has its own unique character which will equal that of James Bond."
ooooh, yeah.... l think l felt a stirring in my loins...
TIGA8401 Sep 2006
Forgive me O Lord for blaspheming against my childhood posters of P.O.W Volantes, Lagondas and Zagatos, but does anybody else think that they could have maybe made a little bit more of an effort with the styling?
Astons are gorgeous sexy classy machines, period. Thats the bit I'm not knocking, ever. But why have 4 models which look quite so similar? I know this has been discussed and debated to death, but I so hope that Mr Bez doesn't decide to sit quite so squarley on his laurels for the next few models in the Great Aston Revival that has become apprent over the last few years.
Hello? Ulrich? You know the V600 Le Mans Vantage a few years back? Yes? Well listen up, I've got an idea..........
lathamjohnp01 Sep 2006
Badge reads DBRS9. Would be more understated de-badged :-)
aston6701 Sep 2006
yawnnn... I love Astons, really I do but this is Vantage DB 9 with some tarted up bodywork. Not a lot of new design there.. a tweak of the engine and off you go
£170,000 x 300 cars = £51 million please... kerrrrrrchinnng
I have to doff my cap to AM PR/marketing boffins: that's the way to do it
I am sorry but this car is not exactly groundbreaking like the Vanquish... it is a clever marketing exercise. Preeeetty car but it ends there.
I would rather have the late 90s V8 Vantage LeMans. 600 bhp under the bonnet...
Edited by aston67 on Friday 1st September 13:10
AdvocatusDiaboli01 Sep 2006
Everything Aston and Porsche produce looks the same... They need try something new. The Vantage, DBS and DB9 all look almost identical... Just the scale and profile differs to my eye.
As for Porsche... even there new "planned" 928 revival looks like a 911 in the front!