RE: Aston Martin DBS | Spotted

RE: Aston Martin DBS | Spotted

Wednesday 23rd October

Aston Martin DBS | Spotted

For roughly half the price of a new Vantage, you can have the old Aston Martin V12 flagship. Tough one...



I happen to be of the opinion that the previous, non-Superleggera DBS was one of the best looking Aston Martins ever made. Uniting the svelte, elegant lines of the DB9 with the brutish physique of Daniel Craig's 007, it really hit the styling sweet spot between classy GT and purposeful supercar. Examples are now available for under Β£65,000, but it isn't a race to the bottom that we're after today. Instead I submit for your consideration this Β£76,995 car with just 22,000 miles on the clock.

With a tweaked version of Aston's bespoke 6.0-litre V12 beneath the bonnet, the DBS produced 517hp and 420lb ft of torque, but a 60hp increase over the DB9 wasn't enough to grant flagship status on its own. Extensive use of carbon fibre resulted in a 65kg weight reduction too - for a total of 1,695kg - leading to a corresponding bump in power-to-weight ratio from 260hp per tonne to 305hp. The 0-60 sprint took 4.2 seconds versus the DB9's 4.9, while top speed was just shy of 200mph.

A new exhaust, ceramic brakes, uprated springs and anti-roll bars, widened tracks and 20-inch lightweight wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tyres completed the package. But despite its appearance being on the money, its driving characteristics were some way wide of the mark, managing to be neither focussed enough to rival Ferrari or cosseting enough to trouble Bentley.


The car met with a frosty reception when it launched in 2007, journalists declaring its curious dynamic - the result of a combination of spiky handling and overly soft chassis - insufficient to justify its elevated status over the DB9 on which it was based. It didn't take Aston long to set about making things right, though, revising the damper and chassis settings to eventually strike a far better balance.

All this led PH's review of the time to conclude that the DBS "may not have quite the same charisma of the Vanquish but, in most areas, it is a massively better car than its predecessor. And as an alternative to a Ferrari 599 it makes a surprisingly good case for itself."

A comparable 599 will set you back Β£12,000 more, though. And when you consider that the Β£160,000 which Aston Martin charged for a DBS in 2008 is the equivalent of Β£210,000 today - making our Spotted nearly two-thirds off its original RRP - the man maths calculations begin to make even more sense. A case for ownership could be made on looks alone, but the DBS offers plenty of depth beneath the surface, too.


SPECIFICATION - ASTON MARTIN DBS
Engine: 5,935cc, V12
Transmission: 6-speed auto, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 517@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 420@5,750rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 2010
Recorded mileage: 22,000
Price new: Β£160,000
Yours for: Β£76,995

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frayz

Original Poster:

1,353 posts

106 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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The DBS is achingly pretty, it looks so right from every angle.
I struggle to think of a comparable GT car with the desirability of one of these.

richs2891

787 posts

200 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Great looking car,
Would love to be able to justify it sitting in the garage for a weekend plaything.
Do I care about its supposed handling dynamics when it looks like that - No !

thelostboy

3,603 posts

172 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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The 599 is is an ugly pig compared to this! Would love to drive both and compare. I remember the Ferrari getting a great review, but I somehow still feel such a big car isn't going to be that deft to drive, so would be more than happy with the Astons looks and noise.

Raven Flyer

1,500 posts

171 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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These are so much prettier in the flesh, than in photos.

Then you hear that V12.

Gameface

10,220 posts

24 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Looks are the only department it betters the 599.

Everything else about it was old or not up to scratch, even at launch.

I'd take the Ferrari.

WCZ

7,287 posts

141 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Gameface said:
Looks are the only department it betters the 599.

Everything else about it was old or not up to scratch, even at launch.

I'd take the Ferrari.
gets much less hate and abuse on the roads, which is nice

paulw123

811 posts

137 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Simply stunning looks, coupled with a V12. Is there a better way to spend £76k?

Gameface

10,220 posts

24 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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WCZ said:
Gameface said:
Looks are the only department it betters the 599.

Everything else about it was old or not up to scratch, even at launch.

I'd take the Ferrari.
gets much less hate and abuse on the roads, which is nice
Did you get much hate in your 599?

As for me, other people's opinions on what I drive are irrelevant.

Pvapour

8,327 posts

200 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Have to agree, looks stunning, sounds good, goes well but after a test drive i choose the Maserati.

Gregor-lun1d

19 posts

44 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I agree that based on current trends, the mid-naughties offerings were not the prettiest.

In its defence, the 599 has an Enzo engine and won Evo’s CotY in 2006. That Lawton Brook car has been sliding, price-wise for months and is very low on carbon, relatively high on miles.

I’ve yet to have a tough time/negative reaction to my 599.

British Beef

1,227 posts

112 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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"nearly two thirds off new price"

From £160k to £78k, isnt it nearly half off new price?

Manual for me please!

Was Bonds manual or auto?

Greg the Fish

837 posts

13 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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I think that DBS is a beautiful piece of design but would take a 599 over it any day.

Not that I'm probably ever going to be in a position to own either biggrin

Burnham

3,533 posts

206 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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I reckon a manual one of these will only go up in value.

AdamV12AMR

1,176 posts

103 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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British Beef said:
Was Bonds manual or auto?
Manual.

It also had the very rare option of the CF lightweight seats, more often seen in the V12 Vantage.

And then he totalled it.

gigglebug

1,376 posts

69 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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frayz said:
The DBS is achingly pretty, it looks so right from every angle.
I struggle to think of a comparable GT car with the desirability of one of these.
I always look at Aston interiors and wonder why they don't match the style and elegance of the exteriors though. I don't have a genuine dislike of them, apart from the seats in the Zagatos, but they don't add any desirability for me either. As for a comparable GT I've always thought that the Virage was the best looking of the DB9 derivatives and as it wasn't as aggressively tuned as the DBS could possibly be better suited for modern roads, and therefore the role of a GT, as well. No manual of course but I'm sure a quick chat with Aston's Q devison could sort that if it was a big enough deal.

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

Edited by gigglebug on Wednesday 23 October 18:13

RobDown

3,647 posts

75 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Pvapour said:
Have to agree, looks stunning, sounds good, goes well but after a test drive i choose the Maserati.
Commiserations

cerb4.5lee

12,753 posts

127 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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I've always really liked the manual version of these. It is a good looking car to my eyes.

Europa1

9,081 posts

135 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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Ah, a car from the days when Astons were good looking cars, rather than the rather overwrought, and, dare one say it, blingy things they are now.

They ranged from elegant (the Vantage and the DB9) to restrained brutishness (the DBS and the Vanquish).

These days, to me, they're wilfully overstyled, almost verging on vulgar (particularly the interiors). Which won't trouble Aston or its shareholders one iota, as I am currently not in a position to buy one.

Paul_M3

1,352 posts

132 months

Wednesday 23rd October
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AdamV12AMR said:
Manual.

It also had the very rare option of the CF lightweight seats, more often seen in the V12 Vantage.

And then he totalled it.
This was on display at the Belgian Grand Prix this year, along with a load of other bond cars:




Still looked nice, even in that state!

MarkM3Evoplus

434 posts

147 months

Thursday 24th October
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Gameface said:
Looks are the only department it betters the 599.

Everything else about it was old or not up to scratch, even at launch.

I'd take the Ferrari.
Really? I read contemporary road tests and didn't get that impression, even if the Ferrari was rated as the better car overall.

Lacking traction was probably the DBS's biggest bugbear.

They are certainly well loved today.