At first look we can see the exterior change. The front is deeper and different. There is also 2 extra big vents on the bonnet. More vents are on the side wings from carbon fiber.
Superleggera comes from the italian “superlight”. The total weight of the car is 1845 kg. The reduction is made by using several fiber-carbon pieces. (roof, mirrors , etc)
The driving experience is great, the car pulls in 4th gear as if it were in the 2nd. Impressive numbers for a big front-engined coupe. It takes just 3.4sec to get from 0 to 62mph. The aston martin dbs superleggera top speed is 211 mph.
At the back are different lights. The top and the mirrors are carbon fiber as well. The lights are LED. Many pieces under the hood in front and back are made of carbon fiber to reduce weight.
Except those changes you may say that DBS look familiar and that is because its based on the DB11. The difference between the DB11 and DBS is that the first one is desined as a grand tourer and the second as a Super Grand Tourer. That means that has improved performance.
The engine V12 5-Liter TwinTurbo produces 725 hp, 115 hp more than BD11. The engine is limited in first and second gear for safety. You get carbon-ceramic brakes as standard.
Comparing to DB11 the car is 5mm lower, has a ground clearance: 120 mm (4.72 inches) which makes it a bit more agile and agresive due different setup.
For good adherence the rear tires are about 300 mm wide.
The front grille is huge to absorb a great amount of air. On the hood there are 2 huge air vents and on the back the air is absorbed just by the rear windows inside the bodywork and then exits on the vents near the rear spoiler. (see pictures below)
The full width led on the rear makes no room for the badge so the manufacturer wrote Aston Martin in large letters
DBS has fiber carbon at the inside also. Beside that you can remark the sport seats and stitches. The infotaintment system is better but is not great.
All the leather is super smooth and pleasant.
Aston Martin DBS Price
MSRP is about $305,000 (£225 000)
Engine and Specs
- Transmission – 8-Speed ZF Automatic
- Cylinders – V12
- Displacement – 5.2 L
- Max Power – 725 HP @ 6,500 RPM
- Max Torque – 663 LB-FT @ 1,800-5,000 RPM
- Max Engine Speed – 340 km/h (211 mph)
- 0 – 100 km/h (0-62mph): 3.4 sec
- Braking: 100 – 0 (60-0mph): N/A
- Consumption: 22.90 mpg
- CO2 Emissions: 285g/km
- Curb Weight: 1,845 kg (4,067)
- Length: 4,712 mm (185.51 inches)
- Width: 2,146 mm (84.48 inches)
- Height: 1,280 mm (50.39 inches)
- Ground clearance: 120 mm (4.72 inches)
- Luggage (trunk) capacity: 270 (9,5u ft)
- Wheelbase: 2,805 mm (110.43 inches)
- Fuel tank: 80 L (21.1 gal)
- Tires Front: 245/35 R20
- Tires rear: 295/30 R20
- Wheels: 20-inch Alloy
- Compression Ratio: 9.3:1
- Bore x Stroke: (89 x 69.7) mm
- 13-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system
- full-colour 12″ TFT display
- Warranty: 3 years/100,000km
Color options – 6 available
- Appletree Green
- Arden Green
- Sea Storm
- Magnetic Silver
- Gloss Xenon Grey
- Onyx Black
- Midnight Blue
- Intense Blue
- Lightning Silver
- Hyper Red
- Diavolo Red
- Divine Red
- Lime Essence
- Yellow Tang
- Lunar White
Pros – Cool Fact
Available in only one color, needs a lot of road space, pricey.
Pictures Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
The Aston Martin DBS is a British super grand tourer based on the DB9 manufactured by the UK automotive manufacturer Aston Martin.
Aston Martin has used the DBS name once before on their 1967–72 grand tourer coupe. The modern car replaced the 2004 Vanquish S as the flagship of the marque. The DBS ended production in 2012 and was succeeded by the second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish.
The DBS was officially unveiled at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on 16 August 2007, which featured a brand new exterior colour (graphite grey with a blue tint) which has been dubbed “Lightning Silver”, followed by 2007 Frankfurt motor show.
Deliveries of the DBS began on Q1 2008.
The DBS uses the VH Generation II platform, which provides strength and rigidity to the whole car. Thanks to the structure, 85% of the weight of the car is kept between the wheelbase, which results in increased handling, responsiveness and feel during tight cornering.
Aston Martin has also developed an Adaptive Damping System, or ADS, which alters the suspension in order for the car to cope with the driver’s desires and road/weather conditions. When turned on, the ADS automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the driver has high levels of control at all times. Apart from the suspension getting stiffer, throttle and braking response is increased and steering is sharpened.
The DBS is fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tyres developed especially for the car, along with lightweight, aluminium 20″ wheels.
To keep the weight as low as possible, Aston Martin has made extensive use of carbon fibre throughout the whole car. The bonnet, the boot, the front wings, the door opening surrounds and the boot compartment are all made of carbon fibre. The carpets are also made by special thin layers made from carbon fibre. The roof and the doors are made of aluminium. The result is a 30 kg (66 lb) weight reduction from a regular DB9. The car is also fitted with a carbon fibre splitter at the front wings to increase handling and a carbon fibre rear diffuser to increase high-speed stability.
The brake discs are carbon ceramic, which shaves a significant 12.5 kg (28 lb) from the unsprung weight. At the front, there are 398 mm (15.7 in) ventilated and drilled brakes with 6-piston alloy monobloc calipers. At the back, there are 360 mm (14.2 in) ventilated and drilled brakes with 4-piston alloy monobloc calipers.