The successful career of Aston Martin is undeniable. A brand like this is synonymous with super sports cars. Luxury, eccentricity, and diabolic performance have been the standard of Aston Martin since its first release. The purest reflect of it is the 2012 DBS, the last model of that lovely model driven by the James Bond of Daniel Craig, exactly in Casino Royale. 3400 units were made and it was replaced by the actual Aston Martin Vanquish. Firstly, it was unveiled during the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where everyone got their jaw dropped.
The two-door grand tourer can be found as a coupe and convertible models but is not sold by Aston Martin anymore. Packing the classy and still-alive VH platform, the 2012 DBS shines with its giant, speed monster 5.9-L V12 engine.
For that time, Aston Martin made several steps forwards in terms of sophistication by developing for the initial DBS an Adaptive Damping System (ADS), allowing the driver to alter the suspension depending on road/weather conditions. In a proficient move by the maker to minimize the weight of the car as low as possible, the DBS got an extensive use of carbon fiber in almost every part of the vehicle.
Let’s review this awesome car that is still impressive and exciting these days.
Powertrain and Performance
The performance and exhilarating handling are obvious factors present on an Aston Martin. There is not a single car in its lineup without a massive engine. However, the DBS gets one of the biggest engines of the brand, a 5.9 L V12, which is also equipped on racing cars, the DBR9 and the DBRS9. The engine produces up to 510 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 420 lb-ft of torque at 5750 rpm. Along we find a six-speed automatic with shift paddles for manual shifting.
Mechanical innovations were introduced to this car at that time, as an active bypass valve, which works by letting the vehicle go above 5500 rpm and opening the valves, allowing the entrance of more air into the engine, bringing a huge leap in performance. The acceleration was impressive but slowest among the competence, going from standstill to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and a top speed that goes up to 191 mph.
The VH structure is old right now, but in that moment, it gave incredible handling response to the car. With the 85% of the total weight between the wheelbases, the DBS had a pretty advanced handling for that time. And still have it.
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Design Line and Interior
The exterior of the DBS 2012, like every Aston Martin car, has the same trends in design imposed by the maker since decades. Front fascia features ovals headlights crafted until perfection and the grille with horizontal aluminum bars remains mandatory. The hood shows a kind of “gills” along with an elongated low-roof, delivering a silhouette patented by the British maker. The side panels are smooth with perfect curves, and the alloy wheels connote wealth, luxury, and elegance. By the other hand, the rear of the car remains the same, found in the newer model of 2016. Totally sexy and imposing.
Aston Martin knows how to incorporate the exterior into the interior. A piece of luxury, elegance, and style is also delivered in the cockpit, making the brand’s concept to come out. Roomy, top-notch materials, traits of wealth, and top-quality details everywhere are a few of notable factors, along with the top-quality sports seats and upholstery.
The Bottom Line
Almost 10 years after its debut, this super sports car is still as impressive as in its launch. A marvelous creation by one of the most exclusive luxury sports car makers. Not on sale by now, it’s an incredible acquisition in case of finding a used DBS.
Starting price at US$280.000.