DBS Description

In production: August 2007 – to date

Chassis numbers: E00001 – continues

Aston Martin successfully launched the first production car from its new facility at Gaydon, the groundbreaking DB9, in May 2006. It also revealed at the same time that James Bond would again be driving one of its cars in the forthcoming film, ‘Casino Royale’. He would have a new Aston Martin model, the DBS. In true Bond style few specific details were provided about the car although Aston Martin did describe it as falling somewhere between the DB9, and the even more powerful DBR9 race car. What the factory also said was that the:

“DBS is not of the understated elegance of the DB9 or 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.”

The pictures accompanying the press release showed a more muscular and purposeful looking car than the DB9 on which it was based.

Full details of the DBS in its production form were eventually released in August 2007, just prior to the public unveiling of an example at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where Aston Martin was the featured marque. Like the DB9, the car was to be built at Gaydon, with the engines being assembled in the company’s Cologne facility. The first cars were in the hands of their owners in the early spring of 2008.

The external detailing of the car reflected its power and dynamic capabilities and gave it the appearance of something more than a mere road car. Distinct from the DB9, revised and enlarged air inlets were necessary to deliver more cooling capacity to the engine. The car also sported a new design polished alloy grille as well as additional vents in the enlarged power bulge on the carbon-fibre bonnet. These vents were entirely functional, improving engine performance and efficiency and also communicating the increased power output of the up rated V12 engine. Compared to the DB9, the DBS had a widened front and rear track to improve handling and this gave the car a more muscular character. To accommodate the additional width, the surfaces of the wings were sculpted and re-shaped with harder lines. The lowered ride height was accentuated by the enhanced side sills which were profiled to improve the car’s aerodynamic performance and reduce drag. A more prominent boot spoiler contributed to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency as did its carbon fibre splitter and new front bumper design. The latter two worked to channel air around the car’s wider bodywork. In order to prevent the carbon weave protruding through the paint finish, Aston Martin used a patented ‘surface veil’ technology applying a 200 micron thick layer of epoxy glue to the carbon fibre, before the application of seven layers of paint producing a class A level of finish.

At the heart of the DBS is its 5.9 litre V12 engine with some power increasing enhancements over the DB9, coupled to a rear mounted, six speed manual gearbox. Changes to the engine included a by-pass air intake port that opens above 5500 revs to allow more air into the engine, and re-profiled air inlet ports that further improved airflow into the combustion chamber. With a 10.9:1 compression ratio, the DBS delivered maximum power of 510bhp at 6500rpm and maximum torque of 420lb/ft at 5750 rpm. The 3.7:1 final-drive ratio ensured that the additional power was useable, in particular enhancing in-gear acceleration. All these factors combine to give the car a 0-100km/h (0-62mph) time of 4.3 seconds and a maximum speed of 191mph. From December 2008, the DBS was also available with Touchtronic 2 transmission.

The DBS was based upon the VH architecture as was the DB9, with weight being kept to a minimum. To take advantage of the rigid platform, the DBS employed a new and sophisticated Adaptive Damping System which used two separate valves to set the dampers to five different positions, allowing instant adjustment of the car’s ride and handling characteristics. The dampers could be ‘softer’, with a corresponding improvement in ride quality, or ‘firm’ providing improved body control for more spirited driving.

Additionally, the car has a revised Dynamic Stability Control system, designed to maintain maximum traction and, for the first time, featured Carbon Ceramic Matrix brakes. The latter contributed to shorter stopping distances and improved resistance to fade. They were also considerably lighter than conventional systems.

The interior of the car incorporated more lightweight materials in an effort to improve performance. The weight of the DBS is 1695 kg compared to the 1760 kg of the manual DB9. Contributing to the overall weight savings were newly designed carbon-fibre/Kevlar seats, a new steering wheel profile, aluminium gear knob and console design. Even the Phantom Grey carpet was woven from lighter weight fibres weighing 600g per square metre as opposed to 900g per square metre of the standard material. Initially the DBS was only available as a two seater but from November 2008, optional rear seats became available.

The DBSs seen in the James Bond film, ‘Casino Royale’, were essentially restyled DB9 prototypes; two finished ‘hero’ cars, ‘three’ action cars and the DB9 manual gearbox prototype for practice. As well as helping to introduce the new model, the script of the film saw a DBS being launched into the air following a high speed manoeuvre to avoid James Bond’s love interest, Vesper, from being run over. In executing the stunt, the film crew established a new Guinness World Record for the most cannon rolls in a car, achieving an astonishing seven complete turns.

The DBS was also used in the next James Bond film, ‘A Quantum of Solace’. Remarkably, instead of sacrificing development hacks, Aston Martin provided 10 identical brand new ‘Quantum Silver’ production cars for the filming, four as special effects cars and six ‘hero’ cars.

New and popular colours introduced on the DBS were Casino Royale as seen on the DBS in the Bond film, Lightning Silver as seen on the Pebble Beach launch car, and Storm Black.

DBS Derivatives

DBS Carbon Black

In production February 2010 - onwards

Shortly before Christmas 2009, AML announced a pair of similar special (but not limited) editions based of the V12 Vantage and DBS Coupe. The Carbon Black models featured bespoke metallic paint especially formulated with a subtle metallic twist to create a deep rich patina.

Inside, owners were greeted with swathes of Obsidian Black leather highlighted with a contrasting coarse silver stitching. Lightweight seats formed from Carbon Fibre and Kevlar saving 17 kg over the standard seat also feature together with Piano black facia trim, centre stack and centre console, anodised black tread plates and unique sill plaques build on the carbon theme. The DBS boasted the Bang & Olufsen Beosound audio system as standard.

DBS UB-2010

In production October 2010. Chassis numbers from E02497

Aston Martin commemorated Dr Ulrich Bez’s 10th year as Chief Executive of the company by unveiling, at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the DBS UB-2010 edition, limited to a run of 40 examples, 20 coupes and 20 Volantes. By using the then new Works Service Tailored service, DBS UB-2010 was specified personally by Dr.Bez and featured a unique ‘Azurite Black’ paint finish, a rich black paint with strong blue overtones, metallic bronze leather with woven leather seat inserts and a ‘Cryptic Titan’ facia finish. Each car had ‘UB-2010’ sill plaques signed by Dr. Bez together with a final inspection plate after he had signed-off all the 40 cars personally.

  • Azurite Black paint finish with metallic bronze leather with woven leather seat inserts
  • Cryptic Titan facia, a smooth tinted chrome effect lacquer on a base bronze paint
  • Touchtronic 2 transmission (manual on request only)
  • 20 inch 10 spoke diamond turned wheels with Azurite Black paint finish
  • Blue brake calipers
  • Carbon fibre rear light infills and door mirror heads
  • Magnum silver mesh pack
  • 2+2 seating
  • Leather headlining (coupe only)
  • Bitter Chocolate carpet with metallic bronze edge binding
  • Alcantara steering wheel (coupe only)
  • Sill and engine bay plaques signed by Dr. Ulrich Bez
  • Front seat headrests embroidered with Dr Ulrich Bez signature
  • Metallic Bronze leather luggage set

The coupe version of the UB-2010 was priced with a 12% premium over the standard Touchtronic 2 equipped car.

DBS Specification

Body / Coachwork
Two door 2+0 seater coupe, 2+2 seating optional from November 2008
Extruded aluminium bonded monocoque. Aluminium, composite and carbon fibre panels (boot enclosure, boot lid, door opening surrounds, front wings and bonnet). Extruded aluminium door side impact protection beam
Xenon high Intensity discharge (HID) front projector headlamps (halogen full beam). Full LED rear lamps and side repeaters
Powerfold, heated, memory door mirrors
Front and rear parking assist sensors, delete front optional
Heated rear screen
Semi Aniline Leather and Alcantara interior with ‘Matrix’ alloy facia
Optional Piano Black facia trim
Centre console outer finish in Iridium Silver and inner finish in Graphite
Carbon fibre door trims and door pulls
Clear sapphire backlit docking station to take the sapphire Emotion Control Unit (ECU). Glass ECU from March 2009
Sports seats with ten way electric adjustment with dual stage seat heaters
Optional lightweight carbon-fibre and Kevlar seats with six way adjustment and manual lumbar adjustment (not in the North American market) from June 2009
Organic electroluminescent (OEL) in white
CFC free automatic climate control. Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbags and front occupant side airbags (Sports seats only).
Aston Martin premium audio system with radio, 6 CD autochanger iPod/MP3 functions and 700W with Dolby Pro Logic II. Replaced by Bang & Olufsen BeoSound system with 974W power output in November 2008
Hands-free Bluetooth phone system
Full colour 30 Gb hard disc drive satellite navigation system
Alarm system interacting with the central locking system and PATS immobiliser system.
Tracking device (UK only)
Front mid-mounted all aluminium alloy 60° V12. Four overhead camshafts with four valves per cylinder. Engine number prefix AM08/
Bore 89 mm. Stroke 79.5 mm. Capacity 5935cc. Compression ratio 10.9:1
Max power 510 bhp @ 6500rpm
Max torque 420 lb/ft @ 5750rpm
Power to weight ratio of 300bhp/tonne
Fuel System & Ignition System: Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection system
Stainless steel exhaust system with by-pass valve, 2 three-way catalytic converters
Rear mounted Graziano Six speed manual with integrated gearchange bellcrank system (cable operated), hydraulically operated twin plate clutch.
Rear mid-mounted ‘Touchtronic 2’ ZF 6HP26 six speed with ‘Shift by wire’ gear change technology. Magnesium gear selection paddles and PRND buttons on the centre console. Optional from December 2008.
Alloy torque tube with carbon fibre propeller shaft, rear wheel drive
Final drive has a limited slip differential. Ratio 3.70:1 (manual), 3.46:1 with (Touchtronic 2)
ZF Rack and pinion , servotronic speed sensitive power assisted, 3.0 turns, lock-to-lock
Column tilt and reach adjustments
Wheels and Tyres
Unique Aston Martin 20 spoke aluminium alloy wheels, 8.5 x 20 inch front and 11 x 19 inch rear. Graphite finish optional
Optional forged aluminium 10 spoke wheel, diamond turned with silver or graphite painted finish available from February 2009
Pirelli PZero 245/35 R20 front, Pirelli PZero 295/30 R20 rear
Pirelli PZero Corsa tyres optional from 2010MY
Front: Forged aluminium independent double wishbone incorporating anti-dive geometry. Coil springs over aluminium, monotube dampers with anti-roll bar
Rear: Forged aluminium independent double wishbone incorporating longitudinal control arms, coil springs over aluminium monotube dampers with anti-roll bar
Adaptive Damping System (ADS) with Track mode,
Front: Brembo 398mm ventilated carbon ceramic discs with six piston monobloc calipers
Rear: Brembo 330mm ventilated carbon ceramic discs with four piston monobloc calipers. Independent handbrake calipers on rear disc
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with track mode, Anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Traction Control System (TCS)
Length 4720mm
Width 1905mm excluding wing mirrors
Height 1280mm
Wheelbase 2740mm
Front Track 1590mm
Rear Track 1580mm
Kerb Weight 1695kg (manual), 1740kg (auto)
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 litres (78 litres usable)
Boot Volume 187 litres
Maximum speed 191mph (manual), 183mph electronically limited (Touchtronic 2)
Acceleration 0-62mph, 4.3 seconds
CO2 Emissions 388g/km (manual), 367g/km (Touchtronic 2)
Price at launch
2008 (2009MY) £162,500 (manual), £165,500 (Touchtronic 2)
2010 (2011MY) £170,500 (manual), £173,500 (Touchtronic 2)

DBS VIN Decoder

(2009MY only)

Sample: SCFAB05D39GE00001

Character Description
1–3 Manufacturer, SCF = code for AML
4 Restraint System, A = Driver, front passenger & side air bags, C = Driver & front passenger air bags
5 Transmission / Steering, A = manual RHD, B = manual LHD, C = auto RHD, D = auto LHD
6 & 7 Vehicle Line / Body Type / Seats. 05= 2 door coupe, 2+0 seater
8 Engine type, D = AM08
9 Calculated check digit (0 to 9 or X)
10 Model Year, 9 (2009MY)
11 Plant of manufacturer, G = Gaydon
12 & 13 Series Identifier, E0 = DBS coupe
14 to 17 Sequential Chassis number, from 0001
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