F12 vs DBS.

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S1M VP

908 posts

179 months

Thursday 12th September
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cayman-black said:
lol. yes. The 812 is going for around £100k more than the DBS sl though.
The 812 is most probably £80-100k more to buy though (if specced properly)

A reasonably specced 812 would be £340k
A tailor made 812 with lots of carbon and a custom paint job can easily cost £400k
A fairly well specced DBS, with most options would be c. £260k

I can’t help feel the new DBS Superleggerra is getting a bit of unfair commentary in this thread, unless folks are referring to the old car.

The new DBS can’t and shouldn’t really be compared to the old DBS (2 generation old) or even the Vanquish, or Vanquish S (last gen)
In the same way as the 812 is a generation on from the F12 it replaces.

The new DBS is a BIG step on and from previous Aston’s in my opinion and feels much more modern in every respect, without losing any of the Aston brute charm and solid build quality feel.
It’s pretty damn quick too, with c720bhp and big torque figures, although it can struggle to get the power down on occasion (most occasions tbh).

The infotainment is very good and connects to phones etc very quickly.
Yes we all know it’s Mercedes, but it works really well and the reversing camera setup is the best I’ve used.
Nice having a large central screen to look at too, which the 812 doesn’t have as the screens are mounted either side of the Rev counter, which means the screen is behind the steering wheel, which isn’t ideal when turning the steering wheel (designers for you!)

I’d say the 812 (or F12) is a far more aggressive sporty GT, whereas the DBS is a much more relaxed but very capable cruiser GT.
The Ferrari engine wants to be thrashed all the time (the howl noise is unreal), whereas the DBS engine is happy to let everyone else just get on with it, but has a fantastic deep burble and pops and bangs on the over run.

Both 812 & DBS are truly great cars and I am genuinely in love with both. Re DBS, I wouldn’t listen to people’s ‘opinions (guesses) on the DBS unless those commenting have actually owned or driven one for any good amount of time, not just a 3 mile test drive.

If I was forced to choose between the two (812 v DBS), I’d say the Ferrari is a step up again, but then the Aston is achingly beautiful to look at from every angle, so it all depends on what your priorities are and what you look for .... a feisty Italian Mistress to play with for a while, or a good looking English girl who you can happily take home to mum.

But back to the original topic, comparing the F12 to the DBS (Assuming it’s new DBS), then you are trying to compare a new generation car, to an older generation car. The gap would be even less and would really depend on what you’re looking for in a car, which one you prefer looking at and which one makes you smile when you drive it. This is a tough call to compare the two, so a great question to post.

Insurancejon

3,505 posts

191 months

I took my f12 to vmax over the summer, and Aston brought their range to test (including the OHMSS edition n which was sublime).

I took the dbs so out for a blast down the strip. On the full throttle shift from 2-3 the car went into limp mod Ltd to 17mph

ferdi p

1,201 posts

117 months

ANOpax

75 posts

111 months

Saturday
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ferdi p said:
Not with that interior.
Rossi and crema interiors are fine on 80s Ferraris but they don’t work on the modern ones. And the V12 cars look best in darker colours. IMO, Rossi Corsa is strictly a V8 colour....

cgt2

1,327 posts

133 months

Saturday
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DBS is a nice car but the interior air vents and other small details really let it down. And in comparison to an F12 it loses on interior, noise, engine response and styling.

ferdi p

1,201 posts

117 months

ANOpax said:
Not with that interior.
Rossi and crema interiors are fine on 80s Ferraris but they don’t work on the modern ones. And the V12 cars look best in darker colours. IMO, Rossi Corsa is strictly a V8 colour....
I'm clearly an 80's boy then!

I love them in red!

MDL111

3,739 posts

122 months

ferdi p said:
ANOpax said:
Not with that interior.
Rossi and crema interiors are fine on 80s Ferraris but they don’t work on the modern ones. And the V12 cars look best in darker colours. IMO, Rossi Corsa is strictly a V8 colour....
I'm clearly an 80's boy then!

I love them in red!
I don’t like how they look in pics, but in real life actually quite good imo. Having said that would also prefer a V12 in a different colour