Reviving a famous model name from Aston Martin's past, the DBS was based on the DB9 and replaced the outgoing Vanquish S in 2008 as the company's top-of-the-range supercar. Before then, the world got a mouth-watering preview when a DBS appeared in 'Casino Royale' (2006), Daniel Craig's debut in the role of James Bond. The DBS also appeared in the opening sequence of 'Quantum of Solace', the follow up film released in 2008.
In terms of its styling, the DBS was clearly a development of the DB9 but with the additions of a carbon fibre front splitter and carbon fibre rear diffuser among others. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques were employed in making the aluminium/composite body, which was robotically assembled using a combination of self-piercing rivets and adhesive. The aluminium chassis is known as the 'VH Generation 2' platform, 'VH' referring to its vertical and horizontal adaptability.
The DBS was powered by a development of the 5.9-litre, 48-valve, V12 engine found in other Aston Martin models, producing 510bhp initially, an output sufficient to propel the aerodynamic coupé to a top speed of 305km/h (190mph) in manual transmission form, with 60mph attainable from a standing start in a neck-snapping 4.3 seconds. The aluminium engine was mounted as far back as possible in the chassis, while the transmission/final drive was combined in a rear transaxle, resulting in 85% of the car's mass being sited between the axles and a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, with commensurate benefits to handling, roadholding, and controllability. Transmission options were a six-speed manual or six-speed 'Touchtronic 2' paddle-shift semi-automatic, while the striking 20 wheels were considered by some to be the best looking on any Aston Martin.
Inside the DBS one finds the typically elegant, luxurious and supremely comfortable hand crafted interior traditionally associated with Aston Martin, featuring primarily wood and leather trim as well as the latest in modern technology, subtly deployed. Production ceased in 2012.
Finished in Storm Black with Obsidian Black semi-aniline leather and Alcantara interior, this particular DBS was purchased from Harwoods in June 2008 and has been in the same ownership for the last 10 years. The Aston has always been maintained by Harwoods, Chichester and has just had a full 10-year service to manufacturer's specification, including new spark plugs and ignition coils (bills available). Its generous specification, in terms of both standard equipment and factory options, is far too lengthy to list here but is available on request. Presented in excellent condition, this most beautiful of modern Aston Martins is offered with current MoT, a V5C Registration Certificate, and the aforementioned service history.