12 September 2007

Frankfurt show: Aston Martin DBS

If it's good enough for Bond, it's good enough for us

Aston Martin DBS

Aston has clearly decided to take fight to the home teams at Frankfurt this year with the two special editions we brought you news of earlier this week - jostling for space alongside the new DBS.

You'll have seen the DBS barrel-rolling through the latest Bond flick, and it's no less intimidating without Daniel Craig in the driver's seat.

Essentially a lighter, more powerful DB9, the DBS is festooned in carbon fibre: the rear diffuser is carbon fibre, the wing mirror attachments are carbon fibre, the interior door trim is carbon fibre... you get the picture.

That helps the DBS weigh in some 120kg lighter than the DB9. With a 5.9-litre V12 developing 510bhp, it'll hit 62mph in 4.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 191mph. Sadly, we weren't allowed to start it up, but we can only assume it sounds epic.

What impresses most about the DBS is the detail. The black paint is flecked with gold, giving fantastic depth to the Aston's high haunches, while the clear rear light clusters and 'sapphire starter button' provide a proper bespoke feeling.

There's a proper bespoke price tag to match, because the DBS will cost about £160,000 when it goes on sale early next year.

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