Aston Martin has pulled the wraps off what is almost certainly the last of the iterations of the DBS: the 2012 DBS Ultimate, shown here, is limited to a single batch of 100 special-edition cars.
The Ultimate is based on the stock DBS, and is available in either coupe or convertible (Volante) body styles, and with either a six-speed conventional automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Power comes from Aston Martin's oft-used 6.0-liter V-12 engine, which makes 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.
The Ultimate's upgrades are primarily visual. The body can be painted in one of two hues, meaning buyers will choose from either Silver Fox Quantum Silver (perhaps a nod to the DBS' starring role in James Bond's Quantum of Solace) or Carbon Black. The wheels are silver and polished black, and customers can paint their brake calipers in red, yellow, or black.
The Ultimate edition also gets a number of carbon fiber trim pieces on the inside and outside, including the rear diffuser, taillight inserts, wing mirror caps, and dashboard/transmission tunnel trim. There are plenty of Ultimate Edition badges both inside and outside the vehicle, and a few other unusual touches (i.e. the “spicy red leather” accents on the shift paddles) hidden throughout.
Aston Martin releases its new DBS amidst rumors that a new flagship is coming, so we don't take the Ultimate nickname for naught: this is very likely the last of the DBS models before a new model bows its head in the near future. In the meantime, if you'd like one, rush to your nearest Aston Martin dealer--here's hoping you've got the $287,576 for the Coupe or $302,576 for the Volante. If you do, expect to see an Ultimate DBS in your driveway some time next year.
Source: Aston Martin