The 2009 DBS promises the best performance yet in a production Aston Martin model, with a zero-to-60-mph time of only 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph. All that go is courtesy of Aston’s familiar V12 engine from the DB9 and V12 Vanquish models-here 5.9 liters and making 510 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered, with the help of a six-speed manual transmission and limited-slip rear differential, to the rear wheels.
Equipped with a 6.0-liter V-12 engine, the DBS produces 510 bhp at 6500 rpm. That’s 40 more horsepower than the vaunted DB9, which is also V-12-powered. Interestingly, Aston notes the DBS actually produces less torque than the DB9; 420 lb.-ft. at 5750 rpm versus 443. Two tricks are used to increase power output: dual-path intake runners and reprofiled intake ports. When the engine screams to 5500 rpm, a secondary intake path opens up, allowing more air into the engine without sacrificing throttle crispness and torque at lower rpm.
As befits a true sports car, the power from the all-aluminum engine is sent to the rear wheels through a manual transmission, but this one is mounted out back, right in front of the rear axle. This affords two benefits: more leg space for the driver and passenger and better weight distribution. With the transmission not in the middle of the chassis, the engine can be pushed back. Aston Martin considers the DBS a “mid-front engine” design, meaning the engine lies in front of the occupants, but behind the front axle.
While the DBS was launched as a 2-seater, a new 2+2 configuration has been added to the line in response to customer demand. The two covered rear storage spaces of the standard DBS can be replaced with two small jump seats.
Interior materials are more in line with grand touring coupes than some of the performance-above-everything exotic super cars that rank in the same exclusive price range. Seats are trimmed in soft leather and Alcantara, and the interior is trimmed in carbon fiber and chrome, or available wood veneer. The DBS has seating for two, with a small storage area behind the seats, plus a relatively roomy trunk.
The DBS looks the part of a serious super car as well, with distinctive and functional hood vents, an aggressive front air splitter, plus a rear air diffuser and lots of aerodynamic work to help it stay stable at high speed.