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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Aston Martin DBS Superleggera



Final thoughts and pick of the range

The car that epitomises Aston’s brand values better than any other. Massively potent twin turbo V12 up front, rear-drive, 2+2 layout inside.

For all Aston’s claims about the DBS’s sporting ability, this is not a radical step change but instead another pea from Aston’s GT pod. More honed and muscular than before, but essentially very similar to the DB11. I don’t doubt it’ll sell, but surely at the expense of DB11 sales.

We’ve heard so much about the extra investment going into Aston and this is not where it’s gone. Instead the DBS is another model to keep the firm ticking over until the new St Athan plant comes on line to build the DBX crossover. That, plus the Valkyrie and mid-engined supercar (in fact seven models over the next seven years), will be Aston’s chance to show there’s more to the company than a familiar range of sporting GTs.

That may sound like I’m being dismissive of the DBS. I’m not. It’s a cracking sporting GT and will thoroughly suit the people it’s aimed at. It’s a tenser, more alert and athletic DB11, faster and better to drive. It has the ability to take your breath away – and currently it’s the only Aston you can say that about.


5204cc V12 twin-turbo, 715bhp @ 6500rpm, 663lb ft @ 1800-5000rpm, 0-62mph in 3.4sec, 211mph max, 22.9mpg, 285g/km CO2, 1693kg (dry)

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