2011 Aston Martin DBS

  • 2011 Aston Martin DBS Base Coupe
    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      2
    • HP/TORQUE
      510/420
    • ENGINE
      5.9L V12
    • MSRP
      $273,104
  • 2011 Aston Martin DBS Volante Convertible
    • MAX MPG
      18
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      510/420
    • ENGINE
      5.9L V12
    • MSRP
      $286,739
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2011 Aston Martin DBS Review

Beautifully designed, with very little to dislike.

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Overview

The 2011 Aston Martin DBS is synonymous with charm, beauty, and style. This is the car of choice for James Bond. Chances are, if you are looking for an exotic sports car of this type, then you'll agree with 007. A luxury-filled interior will keep you in comfort as you turn the key and ignite the fire of the engine, a 5.9-liter V-12 that generates an astonishing 510 horsepower. The DBS is fun to drive and, some would even say, special.

The Range

Body Styles: Coupe, Convertible
Engines: 5.9-liter V-12
Transmissions: six-speed manual, six-speed automatic with shift paddles
Models: DBS coupe, DBS Volante convertible

What's New

The 2011 Aston Martin remains outwardly pretty much unchanged. The major changes on the interior are that the center console switchgear is now made of glass. The Bluetooth® microphone and the tire pressure monitoring system have been improved. Of course, Aston Martin’s custom order and build process invite you to make whatever you'd like to new specifications.

Exterior

The 2011 Aston Martin DBS is a modified version of the Aston Martin DB9, both beautiful vehicles to say the least. A closer look reveals a more rugged look to the DBS, including bulging fenders, a more etched fascia, and more air vents. Standard equipment includes 20-inch wheels, but a variety of options are available. You'll also find standard Xenon headlights, automatic power-folding outside mirrors, and plenty of sex appeal with the chrome grille and rear spoiler. Exterior colors are numerous, and in fact, Aston Martin will customize your DBS with any manufacturer's paint color you desire.

Interior

The interior of the 2011 Aston Martin DBS is luxurious. Leather and faux suede covers almost every surface. Trim is a tasteful alloy; the piano-black trim is optional, but you'll be missing out if you don't go for it. Most of the center console buttons are made from glass and are arranged in a user-friendly and logical manner. The navigation system, however, doesn't quite make the grade, proving a bit finicky and tricky to use.

The gauges look divine, but the odd rotation of the speedometer and tachometer in opposite directions is a point of contention. They are also a bit hard to read, and you may find yourself relying on the backup digital readout on the trip computer.

Two seats are standard in the sexy sports car, but it can be outfitted with two small seats in the rear in place of the standard rear parcel shelves. The eight-way adjustable driver's seat cradles your body and is extremely comfortable. A memory function ensures you find just the right setting waiting for you when enter the car. The passenger seat is only four-way adjustable, but it is still plenty comfortable. The tilt-and-telescoping leather-covered steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth®, hard-drive-based navigation system, and 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen surround sound audio system with an in-dash six-CD changer, auxiliary audio jack and iPod® interface, not to mention dual vanity mirrors, door pockets, cup holders, 12-volt power outlets, and climate control, all come together to ensure a very pleasant road trip or a simple drive to the office. The Volante convertible is equipped with a fully powered soft top and hard tonneau cover.

Performance & Handling

With 510 horsepower powering the rear-drive of the 2011 Aston Martin DBS, this is a car that demands respect. It is still, however, very easy to drive. The shifting of the six-speed manual transmission is precise and smooth. Visibility from the cabin is good and the steering is responsive and light. The optional automatic transmission is also very smooth. The DBS seems at home on long stretches of highway, but it can handle hairpin turns when needed.

The 5.9-liter, V-12 DOHC engine accelerates the 2011 DBS from zero to 60 mph in just over four seconds. That's not necessarily stand out performance for a car of this class, but you should find the roaring of the engine as you accelerate satisfying enough. The DBS has the ability to perform beautifully in everyday situations as well as when you want to unbridle the horses.

Safety

For an exotic sports car, the 2011 Aston Martin DBS comes very well equipped for safety. Anti-lock carbon-ceramic disc brakes, and stability and traction control are standard. Side airbags and front and rear parking sensors are standard, too. The passenger side has occupant sensing deactivation of the airbag. Self-leveling headlights and tire pressure monitoring are just a couple more of the safety features of the DBS.

EPA Fuel Economy

DBS: 12/18 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Beautifully styled exterior
  • Plenty of power
  • Road trip livable
  • Luxurious interior

You Won't Like

  • Limited passenger-seat adjustments
  • Navigation system
  • Steering is a bit light

Sum Up

Beautifully designed, with very little to dislike.

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