2018 Aston Martin DBS Owners Manual – Aston Martin‘s revival is now in full-swing. Rejuvenated with the birth of the DB11, the small British sports car maker has proved it’s no one-hit wonder with its Vantage replacement. And, now, there’s the arrival of the wonderfully-named DBS Superleggera.
Created to rival cars like the Ferrari 812 Superfast, Lamborghini Aventador S and Porsche’s fastest 911 Turbo S, Aston’s DBS Superleggera has an unenviable task. It must somehow match the straight-line speed of the Ferrari, the theatre of the Lambo and the blistering unflappable, cross-country pace of the Porsche.
2018 Aston Martin DBS More power, less weight
Trying but ultimately failing to live up to its Italian ‘superlight’ name, the 2018 Aston Martin DBS shares its bonded and extruded aluminium chassis with the DB11 but, in a bid to extract more performance, sheds some weight. Plentiful use of carbon-fibre for the bonnet, front and rear fenders and roof helps to cut the kilos.
Altogether, the DBS Superleggera is 72kg lighter than the V12 DB11, but this Aston Martin is far from svelte with a total kerb weight of 1693kg (dry). Add fluids, a couple of passengers and bags, and the Aston remains a two-tonne brute.
Helpfully offsetting all that mass is the famous British sports car maker’s wise choice of equipping the DBS with its flagship twin-turbo 5.2-litre V12 — except here it has much more power than its DB11 counterpart.
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2018 Aston Martin DBS Distinct character
Behind the wheel, Aston Martin’s engineers have been keen to give the DBS a distinct character compared to the DB11 with which it shares oily bits. Hence the Superleggera comes with 15 per cent stiffer springs, completely recalibrated adaptive dampers and firmer suspension bushes from its little Vantage brother.
Maximising grip and traction for the powerful rear-wheel drive coupe are 21-inch rims with wide 265-section front tyres and huge 305-section rubber at the rear. There’s also an uprated limited-slip differential.
Reining in all that power are carbon ceramic brake discs that measure in at an enormous 410mm up front and still-substantial 360mm at the rear.
2018 Aston Martin DBS Performance, harnessed
With all this talk of prodigious power, towering torque and big aero, you’d be wise to feel intimidated the moment you stab the start button and hear the hard-edged V12 erupt.
Thing is, select drive and we’re willing to wager any anxious thoughts of spinning the 2018 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera into the next state the first time you breathe on the throttle will evaporate.
Not that the Aston isn’t quick. Remember, untether the traction control and this V12 coupe can spin up its rear tyres in first, second and third. No, the first surprise of the DBS Superleggera is that it does slow down exceedingly well.