2011 Aston Martin DBS Owners Manual

2011 Aston Martin DBS Owners Manual – Now before we get any further into the superlatives, let’s get to the nuts and bolts of the matter. The 2011 Aston Martin DBS is a modified version of the sexy Aston Martin DB9, and while the DBS and DB9 are certainly similar in appearance, a longer look will reveal the DBS’s bulging fenders, additional air vents and more chiseled fascia.

The differences don’t end with styling. The 2011 Aston Martin DBS‘s 6.0-liter V12 produces 40 horsepower more than the DB9’s, and thanks to its lightweight carbon-fiber body panels and other weight-saving measures, it can hit 60 mph about a half-second quicker. The retuned chassis and steering aren’t all that different from the DB9’s, but subtle changes have made the DBS a more communicative driving machine.

2011 Aston Martin DBS Owners Manual

2011 Aston Martin DBS Owners Manual

2011 Aston Martin DBS models

The 2011 Aston Martin DBS is available in coupe and convertible (DBS Volante) body styles. Two seats are standard, although you can have the standard rear parcel shelves replaced by two tiny seats as an option.

Major options include different wheel designs, upgraded performance tires, a suede-trimmed steering wheel and satellite radio. There are a number of customization options including piano-black interior trim, full leather upholstery and special-order paint colors.

2011 Aston Martin DBS Performance & mpg

The 2011 Aston Martin DBS is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 that produces 510 hp and 420 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a six-speed automatic with shift paddles on the steering wheel is optional. Aston Martin estimates the DBS coupe will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds.

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2011 Aston Martin DBS Safety

The 2011 DBS comes with a fair amount of safety equipment for an exotic sports car. Stability and traction control are standard, along with antilock carbon-ceramic disc brakes. Side airbags and front and rear parking sensors are standard. There haven’t been any official government crash tests conducted, but if you go by the Bond movie Casino Royale, you can flip a DBS nine times and allegedly survive. So there’s that.

2011 Aston Martin DBS Driving

The 2011 Aston Martin DBS is surprisingly easy to drive. The clutch effort is light and the pedal travel is short, while the shift lever for the manual transmission snick-snicks through the gates with precision. The steering is light and the cabin’s decent visibility makes it feel less onerous than some other exotics. Not only is it easy to handle, it’s also surprisingly comfortable. Although the ride is firmer than the DB9’s, the DBS is never punishing.

Of course, the 510 hp flowing to the rear wheels of this 3,737-pound coupe means the DBS is still a car that must be shown respect. Even a dollop of excessive throttle will get the tail wagging in the corners. The DBS seems more at home on long, high-speed sweepers than in tight hairpins. In either setting, though, the steering seems a bit light. If you want a balance between grand touring comfort and hard-core driving histrionics, the DBS is it.

Derrick S Lee