The DBS is a famous car because of a certain not-so-secret spy rolling it many times in a movie along with entering cinema history as a bona-fide classic. For Aston Martin, the DBS has been a combination of its characteristic GT credentials mixed with some British muscle.
It is arguably its best car and now it is getting a farewell party with a more powerful V12.
Aston Martin: Top speed is 211 mph
The twin-turbo V12 forms the centre piece of what the DBS770 Ultimate is all about. Looking at it, the car is the most powerful production Aston Martin ever. And it’s the fastest and most powerful DBS to date while being much more exclusive since only 300 coupes and 199 Volantes would be made.
However, if you have not reserved one already, they are all sold out. Sorry to disappoint you. The quad-cam 60-deg 5.2-litre V12 engine generates an eyebrow-raising 770PS at 6500rpm and 900Nm of torque from just 1800rpm to 5000rpm. Hence, it acts like a proper gentleman’s express with a rocket strapped at the back.
Top speed is 211 mph. The rest of the dynamics is also sharpened further while the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and mechanical Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) bring in an element of sports car into the mix. Just like supercars, you get carbon ceramic brakes plus the steering is dialled up to offer more feedback too.
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The last of a famous breed
Styling wise, there is a massive new grille with a gaping front-end which hints at the massive powertrain behind. There is increased air flow, a clamshell bonnet, and a new front splitter. A large rear diffuser and slim tail-lamps make up the changes at the rear.
Inside, the usual mix of traditional materials are seen in the DBS770 Ultimate. Full semi-aniline leather and Alcantara, featuring a ‘fluted’ quilt and perforation pattern come as standard. Bespoke elements feature contrast colours linked to welt and stitching, along with a tailor-made strap and buckle badge featuring a laser etched DBS770 Ultimate logo found on the centre arm rest.
Aston Martin is coy regarding telling how much the DBS770 Ultimate costs. But it is expected to cost a fair bit more than the standard iteration. For owners, it is of little significance since this is the ultimate version of the most famous Aston of all time. No question, that instantly grants it collector status.
The DBS has been around for a long time. It is the last of a famous breed of V12 GTs with no electrification in sight. So while the future moves towards hybridization, cars like these remind of a bygone era which enthusiasts will dearly miss. Just ask James Bond.
What we like
A beautifully designed GT with a sharpened V12 while having exclusivity to match its looks.
What we do not like
Limited to a few examples only while in-cabin technology shows its age.
A gloriously old-school V12 GT that represents what Aston Martin is all about.
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