2010 ASTON MARTIN DBS
Described by Auto Express magazine as “the pinnacle of Aston’s range” and “fast and exciting to drive – but forgiving enough to drive every day”.
Reviving a famous model name from Aston Martin’s past, the DBS was based on the DB9 and was revealed to the public at the world famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August 2007.
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.
The DBS was powered by a development of the 5.9-litre, 48-valve, V12 engine, producing 510bhp.
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 began in earnest late 2007 and continued through five model years until the car was replaced, by the new ‘VH310’ Vanquish, in late summer 2012.
During this time, production of the DBS V12 Coupé only reached 2534 examples, making the car significantly rarer than the DB9/Virage Coupé by a factor of about five. 1609 examples of the DBS have been made left hand drive.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
Pairing perfectly with this 2010 DBS, Amethyst Red is a stunning exterior paint that is inspired by the chromatic richness of a fine red wine, soft crushed velvet, and the final, hypnotic, moments of a perfect sunset.
Finding a non-black/grey/ silver car in Europe, UK or the US is especially difficult as the DBS has the highest black/grey/silver score of any Aston Martin ever, with 72%.
The DBS has been kept warm, dry and inactive since it was delivered new to the former owner’s collection which resulted in the extremely low amount of kilometers. Just 156 Kms since new.
The Aston has been very well ordered at the time with unique options such as:
It is clear to see that the car has always been stored very well and that this DBS was a museum piece.
The glossy ‘Amethyst Red’ paintwork, has clearly not been exposed to very much of anything at all.
The bodywork is very good and is free of any dents or scratches of any real significance.
The wheels are all undamaged. The windows do not show any scratches or stone chips.
This is clearly a brand new condition car.
The materials of the interior are of the highest quality and the diamond stitching adds to the luxury of the car.
The interior of the DBS is in excellent shape and again not used. The smell inside is the same as when it was collected in 2010 at the dealer. A brand new car smell.
The ‘Sahara Tan’ leather and ‘Light Tan’ Alcantara upholstery is in unimpeachable order.
The door cards, ‘Light Tan’ headlining, ‘Black Cherry’ carpets and mats are all beyond reproach, as are the various carbon-fibre inserts, dashboard and centre console.
The ‘Piano Black’ fascia is glossy and unmarked.
The boot is in the same exemplary condition.
The driver seat is marvelously comfortable, with ample leg- and headroom for taller drivers.
This example was delivered with the desirable and optional Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Finally, of course, the driving experience. Imagine yourself in pure luxury with the sound of a roaring V12 behind you.
With the opening of the door comes a whiff of sumptuous leather that beckons you inside.
Step delicately over a side sill bearing a placard that reminds you the DBS is “Hand built in England,” and you drop into supportive, well-bolstered seats.
It all starts with a crystal-capped key fob that Aston calls the Emotion Control Unit.
The DBS sounds terrific, especially when you exceed 4,000 rpm, which opens valves in the exhaust stream and lets the V-12 roar.
If you keep the drivetrain in Drive rather than Sport mode and leave the adaptive suspension in its default setting, the DBS is pretty quiet and comfortable — enough for long drives on a smooth highway.
Listen to your favourite music in the highest quality with Bang & Olufsen surround sound.
This particular DBS is one of the finest we have ever seen.
This Aston Martin is certainly one of a kind.
A car for a serious collector or somebody who would like to use the car on a daily base.