"Aston Martin DBS loses weight and gains great looks"
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Aston Martin DBS loses weight and gains great looks
This evening we have seen the return of a name that is well, iconic really in Aston Martin's history.
In 1967, this car was issued a six cylinder engine, it went to a V8.
It was a bit of a hiatus and in 2007 it reappeared as the car that is just over there.
And now, we have a brand new DBS So what is this car?
Well under the bonnet is the 5.2 liter twin turbo V12, now putting at 715 brake horsepower, 664 lbs for the talk.
Not 60 miles an hour, 3.4.
Not 62 miles an hour, sorry, 3.4 seconds.
Not to 100 miles an hour, 6.4 seconds.
They're saying that 50 to 100 miles an hour, I know this is a lot of figures, but they're up there so I'm gonna get them out Is just 4.4 seconds, which they're saying is a second quicker, well, I've heard rumored, is a second quicker than a certain Ferrari 812.
Now, it's worth pointing out that, with obviously that humongous amount of torque, they're pitching this car, although most love to pitch it as a rival to the 812, they're saying it's It's more towards that the GT and that car which is quite racy shall we say.
All the highlights for this car, well aerodynamics.
So as you can actually see just behind the front arch there, that's now got more veins in it to extract more air from those front arches.
We've also got aeroblade two.
[INAUDIBLE] one area.
And it's got also toning base underneath the car and it's got a double diffuser in the rear.
All of this adds up to 180 kilos of [INAUDIBLE] force and a total speed of 211 miles an hour.
[INAUDIBLE] speed world, you've got 410 [INAUDIBLE] rotors of the front [INAUDIBLE] ceramic.
And the other part to it's name is that it's Superleggera, which means super light, basically.
And this car is 72 kilos lighter than a DB11 thanks to, well, mostly carbon body panel.
Talking of body panels, it isn't very good-looking [UNKNOWN] I didn't actually really like the previous DBS, I thought it looked like a DB 9 that was just a bit tatted up.
This has a much more cohesive look to it.
Yes, it is obviously based on the DB 11, but it's much more muscular and a much more fitting car, I think, for that top of the tree DBS.
So let's talk about the handing, which is obviously being tuned by Matt Becker and that bodes well because when he got his hands on a Vanquish that really improved that car.
We've got a McCankull limpsus [INAUDIBLE] attached to a Zeta 8 speed gearbox, which is familiar but it's been strengthened and it's got a shorter final drive as well.
In fact all the torque isn't available in first and second gear so much.
Much torque is there.
In terms of suspension, we've still got double suspensions at the front, multi-link set up at the rear, which seems to be the way with Astons these days.
It's five millimeters lower in terms of ride height than in a DB11.
And they've done various things in terms of it's got more camber.
And the engine mounts in the back being changed so they are now stiffer longitudely and laterally, although not vertically.
To give a difference in characteristics of the car, basically to give it overall it's got to have more grip and more traction than the DB11.
But they're saying it's gonna have a breadth of talent because it's got the three modes in it which we've seen before with the active Danhers [UNKNOWN] technology so GT, sport and sport plus.
Different to the vantage which is where they added that race element.
So sticking with the GT Spot Plus.
And they're saying there's gonna be a diversity of this sort of range and breadth of capability of this car.
A super GT then.
I can't wait to drive which we should be doing fairly soon.
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