There are luxury cars and there are sports cars; and surprisingly few that can be called both. Mostly this is the result of luxury items being a detriment to a vehicle’s weight. This explains the spartan interior of a Lotus or the plastic-like cheapness that dogged Italian sports cars for many years. Besides being one of the most iconic cars in the world, the Aston Martin DBS manages to straddle the line between both characteristics and is truly worthy of being called a luxury sports car.
What is essentially a $100,000 option to the DB9, the $270,000 DBS offers more than just a gussied up face to the roughly 300 owners lucky enough to own one. Althought the DBS does share its lightweight aluminum chassis with the DB9, the heart of the DBS beats with a 6.0 liter V12 engine that produces, quite angrily, 510 horsepower. This power translates into a 0-60 mph time of 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 191. Not that it should matter with this sort of car, but a byproduct of this power is a 12 mpg rating. However, unlike other high-end sports cars that scream their speed out to the world, the DBS projects a grownup, almost conservative British visage that is extremely attractive without being obnoxious about it.
The muscular bodywork and powerplant is equally matched by an exquisite interior that combines beautifully hand-finished materials with the very latest in performance technology. Not that the engine isn’t music enough to most car lovers ears, but turning on the 1,000 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system engages a rising set of speaker towers that should satisfy the most discerning audiophile. Another neat gadget is a dashboard switch that regulates the computer-controlled shocks for high-speed driving. As would be expected, the rest of the cabin is outfitted in high-end Alcantara, aluminum and satin-finished carbon fiber materials. To overcome the aforementioned weight issues that are a concern for any sports car, the DBS utilizes a preponderance of this carbon fiber inside and out to lighten the load. Given the huge hood, this part being done in Carbon fiber and not some other material alone saves a ton of weight in and of itself and puts the DBS in at only 3,737 pounds. Thankfully, the DBS comes with manual shifter with paddle-shifting as an option unlike many cars catering to those without the experience or common sense to handle their car. Perhaps the only drawback in reviews is the shifter’s position too far back in the cabin for most critics’ liking. But let’s not quibble. Just like the original Bond car that Sir Connery drove, the DBS will surely be as desirable in 50 years as it is today.