Aston Martin DBS and V12 Vantage Carbon Black Editions Launched

Aston Martins are rare cars to begin with, but if you’re looking for something a little more exclusive from the British sports car maker, try these new “Carbon Black” special edition models.

Available on both the DBS and V12 Vantage, the Carbon Black editions were reportedly created to celebrate the success of both range-topping models. Since the DBS and V12 Vantage are already high-performance machines, Aston’s simply tweaked the cosmetics on both cars.

Outside, Carbon Black cars receive a special metallic paint color called -- you guessed it -- “Carbon Black.” Each car takes around 50 hours of hand painting to complete, and then undergoes stringent quality checks to ensure the car is painted to the highest standard. Both models also feature unique 10-spoke wheels, while the V12 Vantage Carbon Black receives a special side vent crafted from carbon fiber and black mesh.

Inside the cars, Carbon Black models differ slightly from standard Aston Martin interiors. The stock seats have been swapped for lightweight carbon fiber buckets. As with the exterior, black is the only cabin color choice, and hand-stitched obsidian black leather (with contrasting silver stitching) covers virtually every surface inside. The monochromatic theme continues with trim panels -- they’re finished in piano black instead of the typical engine-turned aluminum look.

Both cars are powered by Aston Martin’s 6.0-liter V-12 producing 510 hp. The engine can be coupled to either a six-speed manual or automatic in the DBS Carbon Black edition, but only a six-speed manual in the V12 Vantage Carbon Black.

Both special edition Aston Martins are available to order now, but final pricing has not yet been set. Aston Martin expects both to be around 5 percent more expensive than a “normal” DBS and V12 Vantage.

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