The American muscle car pairs a big engine with rear-wheel drive and strong straight-line acceleration. The 2023 Aston Martin DBS follows the same formula, but in true British fashion, with much more dignity, with regal looks and a high-class cabin. It also required a king’s ransom. Wealthy royals lucky enough to afford one of these beauties will find the 715-hp V-12 engine smooth and immensely powerful, but the DBS is hardly a focused sports car. Similarly expensive machines like the Ferrari F8 Tributo and McLaren 720S are both more rewarding to drive, but the Aston outperforms them both at covering long distances with grace and poise.
What’s New for 2023?
The 2023 model year will mark the end of the current DBS coupe and convertible line, and Aston is shipping it with a bang in the form of a limited production model called the 770 Ultimate. The British brand intends to build just 499 of these machines, 300 of which will be in the coupe body style and 199 in the convertible, or Volante, one. Each 770 Ultimate will have 759 horsepower, likely from a retuned version of the 5.2-liter twin-turbo V-12 engine found in the standard DBS.
Price and Which One to Buy
We think the open air experience of the soft-top convertible Volante is all there is to get. Aston Martin offers many customization options for the DBS, so we challenge you to create a different look that will help this car stand out. conco car show in 50 years.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Capable of reaching the 60 mph in 3.2 seconds claimed for the coupe, the DBS is a very fast touring car that tops out at 211 mph, regardless of bodystyle. The twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 engine produces 715 horsepower and drives the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic; Hit the accelerator and DBS takes off like a Saturn V rocket. Face some twisty roads and DBS rewards—if challenged—to drive fast. The ride suits rough pavement, but don’t expect the same level of smoothness as on a Mercedes-Benz S class.
Real World Fuel and MPG Savings
Like other high-powered exotic sports cars, the DBS isn’t especially fuel efficient, but the EPA’s 22 mpg highway fuel economy rating puts it above the same high-end sports cars as Ferrari F8 Tributo (19 mpg highway) and Lamborghini Huracan (highway 18 mpg). We haven’t had a chance to test DBS’s fuel efficiency on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test, but if we do, we’ll update this story with the results. For more information on DBS fuel economy, visit EPA website.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
That DBS is a grand-touring sports car and as such comes standard with plenty of luxuries to make your journey comfortable. Leather-wrapped power-adjustable sports seats with heat and memory settings are standard. Several different trim options are available in the DBS cab, including open porous ash wood, carbon fiber and satin chrome. We’re not sure how much hand luggage will fit in DBS luggage as, unfortunately, we don’t have any in our offices for testing yet. But Aston Martin will sell you a custom four-piece luggage set that’s even matched to the interior color of your particular car.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All DBS models come with an 8.0-inch infotainment screen with navigation, as well as Bluetooth telephony and audio streaming connectivity. The infotainment interface itself is a lightweight version of Mercedes-Benz’s COMAND software; the click wheel and touchpad on the center console allow the driver or passenger to navigate the menus with relative ease. Overall, it’s a fairly intuitive system. Nine-speaker stereo is standard, but buyers can upgrade to the Bang & Olufsen setup.
Safety and Driver Assistance Features
So far driver assistance features worry, Aston Martin offers few such goodies at DBS. For more information on DBS crash test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) website. Key safety features include:
- Standard front and rear parking sensors
- Standard 360 degree exterior camera system
- Standard airbags and electronic stability control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
As a boutique automaker, Aston Martin offers a unique warranty package consisting of a three-year non-expiring consecutive protection policy at any given mileage. However, DBS buyers will be stuck paying for their own dealer maintenance visits, as the brand does not offer a free scheduled maintenance policy as standard.
- The limited warranty covers three years with unlimited miles during that time
- The powertrain warranty covers three years with unlimited miles during that time
- No free scheduled maintenance
2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
front engine, rear wheel drive, 2+2 passengers, 2 door coupe
twin-turbocharged and DOHC 48-valve V-12 intercooler, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection
318 in35204 cm3
715 hp @ 6500 rpm
663 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm
8 speed automatic
Wheelbase: 110.4 inches
Length: 185.5 inches
Width: 77.5 inches
Height: 50.4 inches
Passenger volume: 72 feet3
Luggage volume: 9 feet3
Limiting weight (CD estimate): £4100
SHOW (CD EST)
60 mph: 3.2 seconds
100 mph: 7.3 seconds
¼ mile: 11.0 sec
Top speed (mfr claims): 211 mph
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 17/14/22 mpg
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