A further addition to the quickly growing range of cars from Gaydon was the DBS, a V12 powered supercar first seen as transport for James Bond in his 21st film, 'Casino Royale'. The production car was introduced at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August 2007 with a convertible Volante being announced 18 months later at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show. Partly clothed by carbon fibre body panels (the first time for an Aston Martin road car), the DBS replaced the Vanquish as the ‘flagship’ car of the range, effectively a lighter, faster and more driver focused derivative of the DB9.
Aston Martin Design Director, Marek Reichman, whilst describing the car said: “(The DBS) encapsulates a link between our elegant DB9 road car and the powerful DBR9 race car. It signals an evolutionary development of Aston Martin’s world renowned style and elegance“.
Aston Martin Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulrich Bez added, “The DBS is not of the understated elegance of a DB9, nor the youthful agility of the V8 Vantage. It is explosive power in a black tie and has its own unique character which will equal that of James Bond”.