Aston Martin reveal the DBS Ultimate
Okay, so right from the start we’ll happily admit that this article will be slightly biased - we love the Aston Martin DBS here at TorquingPoint. A big, brutish, dare we say manly British supercar GT. A glorious dinosaur in a world rapidly filling with electronically nannied Playstations on wheels like the McLaren MP4-12C and Ferrari 458 Italia.
They stick to the age old recipe of sticking a huge, naturally aspirated engine with masses of power in the front of a gorgeous coupe body, have it drive just the rear wheels and leave the rest to the conscience and ability of the driver. You can even have it with a manual gearbox if you want, or a nice proper slushmatic auto ‘box.
The DBS may be 5 years old now, but it’s still a stunning car. Using the familiar Aston design language seen on the V8 Vantage and DB9 but with an added 50% more aggression it sits on the road like it’s ready to devour anything in its path. It may not be as graceful as the DB9 but the DBS still stops traffic wherever it goes.
Under that bulging and vented bonnet sits the familiar 5.9 litre V12 with 510 bhp and 420 lb/ft of torque, enough for a 0-62mph sprint in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph (unless Aston say any different later this week, but we doubt it).
But the DBS is on its way out, ready to be replaced by an all-new car later this year. But it’s not going out without a fight and that’s where this DBS Ultimate comes in. There are no mechanical mods, but it makes the DBS look the best it has done its whole life.
Available as a Coupe or Volante, with manual or automatic gearbox and in a choice of three colours – Carbon Black, Quantum Silver or Silver Fox (almost white), the Ultimate gets all the extras both inside and out. There’s a dark grille up front, with the side mirrors, rear diffuser, front splitter and rear light strip all in satin or gloss carbon fibre. The rear also gets black exhaust tips and a new number plate surround. Inside there are diamond quilted seats and door panels with red stitching and on the Touchtronic gearbox you get red leather trimmed gearshift paddles.
Overall we think the DBS Ultimate – especially the near-white one in the above images – looks absolutely fantastic and would have one in a heartbeat. Now, where’s that £190,000…
Images courtesy of Aston Martin