The Aston Martin DBS Coupe combines fearsome performance and tremendous comfort into one all-conquering grand tourer.
Need to know
The DBS Coupe arrives as Aston Martin’s flagship vehicle and replaces the older Vanquish S. Powered by a 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, it’s one of the most powerful cars in the Aston Martin range
Aston Martin has included a number of F1-derived features on the DBS Coupe. In fact, a new diffuser helps it to generate up to 180kg of downforce when it’s travelling at its 211mph top speed
The DBS badge was first used in 1967 on the William Towns-designed fastback GT, while the DBS V8 from 1969 took the title as the ‘world’s fastest four-seater production car’
The DBS Coupe is a fitting flagship for the Aston Martin range. It shows the very best of what Aston Martin has to offer, with high levels of craftsmanship combined with an immensely powerful engine in a car that is as luxurious as it is fast. Driving the DBS Coupe is an immensely rewarding experience and one that definitely shouldn’t be missed.”
Like many of Aston Martin’s cars, the DBS is based around a bonded aluminium chassis that promises low weight yet superb rigidity. The body of the car follows this lightweight ethos, with carbon fibre being used to craft many of the car’s panels. In fact, all of these measures contribute to a dry kerb weight of 1,693, which is 72kg lighter than the existing DB11.
Even the gearbox has some next-level technology. It incorporates software that can determine the driving conditions and what type of requests the driver is making to ensure that the car is in the right gear each and every time.
The new DBS Coupe has a rich history of beautifully designed cars to fall back on and some of those classic appearances have influenced the look of this premium GT. Long and muscular, the DBS Coupe has the wing-design front grille - a hallmark of Aston Martin - while the roof appears to ‘float’ above the main body of the car.
Regardless of the DBS Coupe’s price, all cars wear 21-inch alloy wheels which are shod in tyres developed specifically for this car. There’s the option, however, of two wheel designs - either a standard ‘Y’ spoke forged wheel or a lightweight twin-spoke forged version.
As befitting a flagship model, the DBS Coupe is absolutely jam-packed with technology. All models use an eight-inch infotainment screen, which houses the car’s satellite navigation system, smartphone integration and Bluetooth streaming, to name just a few services. All of it is controlled via a central rotary dial, or through the controls of the steering wheel.
All cars also get keyless entry - a real bonus when you’re carrying heavy bags - alongside a 360-degree parking camera which gives you a wide and uninterrupted view of the area around the car. It’s particularly helpful when navigating tighter spaces or multi-storey car parks.
Engines & Performance
Underneath the bonnet of the DBS Coupe sits a fearsomely powerful 5.2-litre bi-turbo V12 with 715bhp and a massive 900Nm of torque. It’s channelled through a rear mid-mounted ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, with a carbon fibre prop shaft fitted to help keep the overall weight to a minimum. Designed entirely by Aston Martin, the V12 has been tuned specifically to deliver razor-sharp response and plenty of in-gear performance.
The DBS Coupe is brought to a halt with massive ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs, with 410mm at the front and 360mm at the rear. Plus, Aston Martin has equipped the DBS Coupe with its own Adaptive Damping System (ADS), which changes the damping settings according to which driving mode is selected - GT, Sport and Sport Plus.
The figures that accompany the DBS Coupe are impressive, to say the least. It’ll manage the 0-60mph sprint in just 3.2 seconds and can carry onwards to a top speed of 211mph. In fact, it’ll go from 50 to 100mph in just 4.2 seconds in fourth gear. That huge torque figure helps the DBS Coupe to surge forwards relentlessly, while a specially designed exhaust with quad tailpipes has been created to give it a powerful sound.
When it comes to fuel economy, the DBS Coupe should be able to achieve up to 22.9mpg combined, while its CO2 emissions stand at 285g/km. The DBS Coupe also incorporates cylinder deactivation that can shut down a bank of cylinders to boost efficiency when travelling at motorway speeds.
Figures shown are for comparability purposes; only compare with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. Figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including factory-fitted options, accessories fitted (post registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load. Further information about the test used to establish fuel consumption and CO2 figures can be found at www.astonmartin.com