2012 Aston Martin DBS

Base RWD 2-Dr Coupe V12 man trans

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2012 Aston Martin DBS
2012 Aston Martin DBS
The DBS sits atop the Aston Martin heap, although you'd be hard pressed to tell that just by looking at it. Aesthetically, the DBS wears the same face, shape, and character lines as the Virage and the DB9. You can distinguish the DBS from lesser Astons by its deeper front spoiler; extra-wide, guppy-style intake for the oil cooler; large rear spoiler; flared wheel arches; and wider rear track. Unless the cars are parked next to one another, the differences are pretty subtle, except in price: nearly $70,000 separates the DBS from the Virage. Like that car, the DBS can be had either as a coupe or a Volante (convertible) and as a two-seater or a two-plus-two. Weighing less and packing 20 more hp than a Virage, the DBS is estimated to go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds en route to a top speed of more than 190 mph. Despite legitimate performance credentials, the DBS is often overshadowed by the more emotional Ferraris and Lamborghinis. Those who buy a DBS won't be disappointed, however. It features carbon-ceramic brake rotors, carbon-fiber body panels, and a six-speed manual transmission. A ZF six-speed automatic is optional. The sure-to-impress Bang & Olufsen audio system is standard and, on the Volante, can sense whether the top is up or down and adjust its sound level accordingly. The Carbon Edition model, which goes on sale in early 2012, adds ten-spoke, gloss black wheels; has an even more plush cabin swathed in leather and trimmed in carbon fiber; and comes in three colors -- flame orange, ceramic gray, and carbon black metallic.
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Aston Martin Vanquish In Amethyst Red Blue With Standard Trim And Liquid Black 20 Spoke Wheels And Blue Brake Calipers Configurator
We just got our first look at the 2013 Aston Martin AM310 Vanquish, and it didn’t take long for the British automaker to put up an online configurator for the upcoming DBS replacement. With this new customizer tool, prospective Vanquish buyers and hopeless dreamers alike can style their fantasy Vanquish to their hearts’ content.
Aston Martin AM310 Front Left 1
Color us surprised: the new Aston Martin DBS will not be called the DBS. Instead, the boys from Gaydon are dusting off an old nameplate for the new grand tourer: Vanquish. The Aston Martin DBS's run is coming to an end--we hear that the Ultimate Carbon Edition model is essentially the end of the line for the car -- and a replacement model is well on its way. We've already seen a preview concept, dubbed AM310, at the Villa D'Este Concours D'Elegance, and it seemed certain that the new car would wear the DBS badge. Not so: Car magazine was lucky enough to snag a photo and brief video of an un-camouflaged test vehicle on the back of a transporter, and lo and behold: that car wore a Vanquish badge. Judging by the slick spoiler and One-77-esque taillights, the Vanquish in question matches both the AM310 concept and prototype we recently spotted lapping the Nurburgring. If so, this marks the first time since 2007 that the Vanquish name will appear on a brand new Aston model. That car, which rose to some fame as James Bond's ride du jour in Die Another Day, was built between 2001 and 2007. It had a front-mounted 5.9-liter V-12 engine making 450 horsepower (521 in Vanquish S guise), a 2+2 layout (on some models), rear wheel drive, and a slinky body --all traits that continued when the Vanquish was replaced by the 510-horse DBS in 2007. With that understood, the countdown is on to the new Aston Martin Vanquish. So far we know that the car will continue with the same VH platform as the DB9 and DBS, and will probably still soldier on with the same 5.9-liter V-12 engine as before, but will make as much as 600 horsepower to the previous DBS's 510.The new body seems to be taking plenty of cues, also, from siblings like the Virage (think angular headlamps) and mighty One-77, with its muscular rear wheel arches and fluidic tail lamps. The Vanquish will also take some construction cues--namely an increased use of carbon fiber stopping short of a full carbon monocoque--from the One-77. Considering that the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin is this year and the AM310 debuted at Villa D'Este, a Pebble Beach 2012 unveiling of the new Vanquish wouldn't be out of the question, which would set the car up for an early 2013 release date. Source: Car
Aston Martin AM310 Front Left 1
The Aston Martin AM310 concept made its first public appearance last weekend at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Some suggest the concept, which shares its profile with the mysterious Aston Martin seen testing recently at the Green Hell, might be the next-generation DBS hiding in plain sight.
Aston Martin DBS Successor Spy Shot Left Front 1
With Aston Martin’s flagship DBS coupe expected to be replaced by a new model soon, we've spotted a lightly camouflaged Aston Martin testing at the Green Hell. From what we can see, styling continues to evolve from the current crop of Aston Martin cars. Around front, the new car gains influence from the limited-production One-77 supercar. Headlamps seem smaller and more purposeful, though the car’s hood vents, quarter windows, and lower front air dam remain camouflaged. From the side, the car appears longer and lower thanks to more curvaceous fenders with distinctive crease lines, which tie the looks to the newer Aston Martin Virage. Out back, the tail finishes off with a larger, more pronounced spoiler integrated into the trunk lid and rear fenders. The dual exhaust tips peek through the rear diffuser. When it debuts, the DBS successor is expected to be powered by the automaker’s 5.9-liter V-12 revamped to produce as much as 600 horsepower. Whatever Aston Martin decides to call the upcoming car -- perhaps just DBS --  it's likely to benefit from weight reduction measures designed to lower fuel consumption and enhance the overall driving experience. According to our photographer, the more-power-with-lighter-weight strategy seems to be paying off as the new Aston Martin lapped the Green Hell at a “very quick” pace. Then again, so would a current 2012 Aston Martin DBS... The current Aston Martin DBS flagship won’t be retiring quietly as the British automaker has commissioned the DBS Ultimate to celebrate the marquee’s 100th anniversary. What would you like to see from Aston Martin's next regular-production flagship car?
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Base RWD 2-Dr Coupe V12
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2012 Aston Martin Dbs Specifications

Quick Glance:
Engine
5.9L V12Engine
Fuel economy City:
11 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
17 MPG
Horsepower:
510 hp @ 6500rpm
Torque:
420 ft lb of torque @ 5750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player (optional)
  • CD Changer
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
Vehicle
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Powertrain
Unlimited miles / 36 months
Corrosion
Unlimited miles / 120 months
Roadside
Unlimited miles / 24 months
Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:30
Component
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
Summary
Aston Martin is recalling certain model year DB9, Virage, V8 Vantage, V12 Vantage, and Rapide vehicles manufactured from May 14, 2012, through April 10, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the throttle pedal arm may break.
Consequences
If the throttle pedal arm breaks, the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers will replace the throttle pedal assemblies. The recall began July 19, 2013. Owners may contact Aston Martin customer service by calling 1-888-923-9988. Aston Martin's recall number is RA-03-0016.
Potential Units Affected
689
Notes
Aston Martin Lagonda of North America


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:40
Component
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL:ACCELERATOR PEDAL
Summary
Aston Martin Lagonda of North America (Aston Martin) is recalling certain model year 2008-2014 DB9 and V8 Vantage, 2009-2012 DBS, 2010-2012 Rapide, 2014 Rapide S, 2011-2012 V12 Vantage, 2011-2014 V8 Vantage S and 2012 Virage vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error, the accelerator pedal arm may break.
Consequences
If the accelerator pedal arm breaks, the engine will return to idle and the driver will be unable to maintain or increase engine speed, increasing the risk of a crash.
Remedy
Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers will replace the accelerator pedal assemblies. The recall began on February 11, 2014. Owners may contact Aston Martin customer service by calling 1-888-923-9988. Aston Martin's recall number is RA-03-0017. IMPORTANT: This recall supersedes recall 13V-228. Any vehicle that has been remedied under the previous recall needs to have the current remedy applied.
Potential Units Affected
5,001
Notes
Aston Martin Lagonda of North America


Recall Date
12-31-1969:21:35:41
Component
SEATS:FRONT ASSEMBLY:SEAT HEATER/COOLER
Summary
Aston Martin Lagonda of North America (Aston Martin) is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 DB9, V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage, DBS, and Virage vehicles manufactured July 3, 2006, to November 5, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the electronic control module for the driver and front passenger seat heaters may fail, preventing the seat heaters from being able to be turned off.
Consequences
If the electronic control module fails, the seat heater could get hot enough that areas of the seat may overheat and smolder, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.
Remedy
Aston Martin will notify owners, and dealers will install an additional module to the circuit that can interrupt the power to the seat heaters in case the electronic control module for the seat heaters fails, free of charge. The recall began in January 2015. Owners may contact Aston Martin Customer Service by calling 1-888-923-9988. Aston Martin's number for this recall is RA-01-0019.
Potential Units Affected
7,256
Notes
Aston Martin Lagonda of North America


NHTSA Rating Front Driver
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
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NHTSA Rating Rear Side
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NHTSA Rating Overall
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NHTSA Rating Rollover
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IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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IIHS Overall Side Crash
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IIHS Best Pick
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IIHS Rear Crash
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IIHS Roof Strength
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