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Aston Martin DBS

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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.

As of August 2021, the Aston Martin DBS holds an Expert Rating of 85% based on 19 reviews.

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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
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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

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Safety rating


No safety rating

The Aston Martin DBS has not been crash tested by Euro NCAP and, 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

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…

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

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

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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 or a Ferrari Portofino for less money.    

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