The Aston Martin DBS V12 is a high performance GT sports car from the UK manufacturer Aston Martin. Aston has used the DBS name once before on their 1967-72 grand tourer coupe. The modern car replaces the 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish S as the flagship of the marque. It was officially unveiled at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on 2007-08-16 and delivery began on 2008 Q1.
The DBS was first seen in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale, the first film in which Bond was played by Daniel Craig, as a result of a product placement deal with Aston Martin's parent company at the time, Ford.
The DBS is equipped with 5935 cc V12 engine with four valves per cylinder. The same engine is also used in the DBR9 and DBRS9 racing cars albeit with extensive modifications. The engine of the DBS produces 510 horsepower (380 kW) at 6500 rpm and 570 N·m (420 lb·ft) of torque @ 5750 rpm with a compression ratio of 10.9:1. The engine also includes an active bypass valve which above 5500 rpm opens and lets more air into the engine resulting in increased performance and propels the car from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds and has a maximum speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) and 183 mph (295 km/h) with TOUCHTRONIC 2’ transmission. In 2007, the British motoring show Top Gear sent the DBS around their famous test track and recorded a lap time of 1:23.9; 3.2 seconds faster than its predecessor the Vanquish S, and a second faster than the comparable Bentley Continental Supersports.
Aston Martin uses the same VH (vertical horizontal) structure as with the DB9, which provides strength and rigidity to the whole car. Thanks to the structure, 85% of the weight of the car is kept between the wheelbase, which results in increased handling, responsiveness and feel during tight cornering.
Aston Martin has also developed an Adaptive Damping System, or ADS, which alters the suspension in order for the car to cope with the driver's desires and road/weather conditions. When turned on, the ADS automatically alters the suspension settings to ensure the driver has high levels of control at all times. Apart from the suspension getting stiffer, throttle and braking response is increased and steering is sharpened. The DBS is fitted with Pirelli P-Zero tyres developed especially for the car, along with lightweight, aluminium 20" wheels. To keep the weight as low as possible, Aston Martin has made extensive use of carbon fibre throughout the whole car. The bonnet, the boot, the front wings and the door opening surrounds are all made of carbon fibre. The carpets are also made by special thin layers made from carbon fibre. The roof and the doors are made of aluminium. The result is a 30 kg (66 lb) weight reduction from a regular DB9. The car is also fitted with a carbon fibre splitter at the front wings to increase handling and a carbon fibre rear diffuser to increase high-speed stability.
The brake discs are carbon ceramic, which shaves a significant 12.5 kg (28 lb) from the unsprung weight. At the front, there are 398 mm (15.7 in) ventilated and drilled brakes with 6-piston alloy monobloc callipers. At the back, there are 360 mm (14.2 in) ventilated and drilled brakes with 4-piston alloy monobloc callipers.
The interior of a DBS is a blend of carbon fibre, alcantara leather, wood, stainless steel and aluminium surfaces. The seats are made from semi-aniline and Alcantara leather and both bear the DBS signature with an optional 2+2 seating configuration. The door panels are carbon fibre and the fascia is, as standard, matrix alloy and iridium silver centre console or, as an optional extra, piano black fascia and centre console. To achieve even greater weight savings, the carpet has a special lightweight weave. The car is started by means of the "Emotion Control Unit", which was initially developed especially for the DBS but as of 2008 is available for the DB9 and V8 Vantage as well. The key is made from stainless steel and glass and is inserted into a special hole in the dashboard.
Bang & Olufsen has developed a 1000 watt sound system for the DBS which consists of 13 speakers located in 10 different locations throughout the cabin with an integrated Apple iPod connector.
The Aston Martin DBS V12 was first seen in Casino Royale. In the film, the car only features a spare gun and a defibrillator. The car was later destroyed during Bond's pursuit of Le Chiffre.
The car crash from Casino Royale used an Aston Martin DB9 especially modified to look like the DBS V12, and reinforced to withstand the impact. Due to the low centre of gravity of the vehicle, an 18-inch (450 mm) ramp had to be implemented on the road tarmac at Millbrook Proving Grounds and Adam Kirley, the stunt driver who performed the stunt, had to use an air cannon located behind the driver's seat to propel the car into a roll at the precise moment of impact. At a speed exceeding 70 mph (113 km/h), the car rotated seven times while being filmed, and was confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records on 5 November 2006 as a new world record.
Quantum of Solace
A second DBS made a small appearance in the pre-title car chase between Bond and Mr. White's men from White's villa in Lake Como to Siena, Italy in Quantum of Solace. The car is gradually demolished by White's men, but survives to successfully deliver Mr. White to the MI6 safe-house in Siena.
The DBS appeared in the video game, Blood Stone along with the DB5. Bond use it to stop a suicide bomber from exploding at the Acropolis. It was use when Bond and Nicole purse Pomerov's train. Finally it was use when Bond chase Nicole.
The DBS made it's second video game appearance in 007 Legends. It is first seen in the Goldfinger mission when Bond tries to use it to escape Goldfinger's headquarters only for him to be held at gunpoint in the car by Mr. Ling. He manages to get rid of Mr. Ling by ejecting his seat and sending him flying out of the car. It appears again in the Die Another Day mission driven by Bond and Jinx in the chase with Zao and pursing Gustav Grave's plane.
|Engine:||6.0 Litre 48-valve V12|
|Torque:||420 lb·ft (569 N·m) at 5750 rpm|
(optional 6-Speed Automatic)
|Power:||510 hp (380 kW) at 6500 rpm|
|Top Speed:||307 km/h (191 mph)|
|0-60 mph (0-97 km/h):||4.2 s|
|Dimensions:||L 4,722 mm (185.9 in),
W 1,905 mm (75.0 in),
H 1,280 mm (50.4 in)
|Weight:||1,695 kg (3,740 lb)|
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Engine: 5.935 cc 48-valve V12
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual (optional 6-Speed Automatic)
Drivetrain: RWD (Rear Wheel Drive)
Kerb Weight: 1,695 kg (3,737 lb)
City fuel economy: 12 mpg-US (20 L/100 km; 14 mpg-imp)
Highway fuel economy: 18 mpg-US (13 L/100 km; 22 mpg-imp)
Horsepower: 510 hp (380 kW; 517 PS) at 6500 rpm
Torque: 420 lb·ft (569 N·m) at 5750 rpm
Wheelbase: 107.9 in (2,741 mm)