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Aston Martin DBS

(2018 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

58
%
D

Used car score:

55
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

86
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

22
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

13
%
E

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

58
%
D

Used car score:

55
%
D

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

86
%
A

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

22
%
D

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

13
%
E

Summary


The Aston Martin DBS was unveiled in 2018 in both coupe and two-seat convertible form, as the iconic UK brand’s V12 GT flagship. Originally known as the DBS Superleggera, from summer 2021 it is now simply called the DBS.

Replacing the Vanquish, it’s based on the DB11 but with bespoke details that make it worthy of both one of Aston Martin’s most renowned nameplates, DBS, and the name of a company that worked with Aston in the 1960s-70s to make the cars lighter in weight.

The 5.2-litre engine pumps out 725hp, producing a 0-62mph time of just 3.4 seconds and 0-100mph in 6.4 seconds – in the Sunday Times Jeremy Clarkson, remarkably, describes it as “almost too fast – treat the throttle with extreme caution.”

What Car? Also highlights the power, which in the convertible is “almost twice as much as a basic Porsche 911 Cabriolet,” and adds that this comes with considerable weight saving from replacing most of the aluminium panels with carbon-fibre.

Auto Express likes the look of the DBS, stating; “Matching the impressive performance with striking styling gives the Aston real presence next to super or even hypercars.” And the ability of the car to eat up the miles is not lost on testers; “It is a disarmingly easy supercar to get to know, and live with every day,” says Evo.

However considering the special status of the DBS, and a price more than £70,000 higher than a DB11, some of the interior trim is disappointing. “The instrument panels are a bit ZX Spectrum and the air vents shouldn’t be this plasticky,” says Autocar.

Auto Express adds that the DBS is not perfect; “There are a few niggles, but these are dwarfed by the positives – the overall result is a car well worth remortgaging the house for.”

In summer 2021, Aston Martin announced that the car would henceforth simply be known as DBS, presumably because the marketing department got tired being asked how to spell ‘Superleggera’ all the time.

The DBS will come to the end of its life in late 2023, with a limited-edition model called the DBS 770 Ultimate that will conclude the model’s production. Don’t bother, all 499 vehicles are already sold…

As of January 2024, the Aston Martin DBS holds a New Car Expert Rating of D, with a score of 58%. Although it has received excellent reviews from the media, its enormous ownership costs weigh down its scores in our calculations.

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DBS highlights

  • Very exclusive
  • Incredibly powerful
  • Looks the part
  • Comfortable long-distance cruiser

DBS lowlights

  • Power needs skilled handling
  • Interior not as plush as the price
  • Infotainment could be better
  • Very expensive – to buy and to own

Key specifications


Body style: Coupé and convertible
Engine: petrol
Price: From £161,500 on-road

Launched: Summer 2018
Last updated: N/A
End of production: Late 2023


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

Auto Express

+

Auto Trader

+

Autocar

+

Car

+

Carbuyer

+

Carwow

+

Daily Mail

+

Evo

+

Motoring Research

+

The Intercooler

+

The Sunday Times

+

Top Gear

+

What Car?

+

Safety rating


No safety rating

As of January 2024, the Aston Martin DBS has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP. Given its price and exclusivity, we’re not expecting that it ever will be tested.

If it does happen, we’ll published the test results here.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Aston Martin DBS has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. Once again, we’re not holding our breath waiting for it to happen.

It’s a high-performance supercar powered by a V12 petrol engine, so it’s pretty safe to assume that it wouldn’t score highly if it was ever lab tested by Green NCAP…

Reliability rating

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As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Aston Martin DBS to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusive from extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the DBS, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models21 mpgE21 – 21 mpgE – E
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models306 g/kmD306 – 306 g/kmD – D
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models50F50 – 50F – F

It will come as no surprise to anyone that the Aston Martin DBS is a very expensive car to run, with fuel economy, emissions and insurance figures that are some of the most expensive on the market. Mind you, this news is unlikely to put off any potential customers.

We don’t currently have servicing data for the DBS, but it’s highly likely to be just as expensive.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Aston Martin DBS has received

2019

  • Sunday Times Motor Awards – Best Sports Car

2018

  • Sunday Times Motor Awards – Best-Designed Car

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Aston Martin DBS, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Aston Martin DB11 | Bentley Continental GT | Bentley Continental GT Convertible | Ferrari 812 Superfast | Lamborghini Aventador | Lexus LC | McLaren GT | McLaren 720S | Mercedes-AMG GT Coupé | Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster

There are several alternatives to the Aston Martin DBS and What Car? suggests one comes from the same brand, arguing that the less powerful DB11 is a better value. The McLaren 720S rivals the DBS on price as does the Ferrari 812 Superfast, though a very different car, while convertible buyers can have a Bentley Continental GT for less money.    

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