Before the new DBS by Aston Martin for 2013 arrives at the end of 2012, the automaker will build the last 100 units of the outgoing model to be special DBS Ultimate Editions. There won’t be any powertrain or suspension upgrades for the Ultimate Editions. However, sources say that to have an idea of what the Ultimate would be like, we only need to examine the DBS Carbon Black Special Edition.
The car uses bespoke paint, which needs 50 hours to complete its manual application. It also gets special wheels with some options being offered as standard.
It is available in both coupe and Volante convertible body styles. It’s likely that most or all of these styles would be used on the commemorative cars. But then, the Ultimate won’t be available with a manual.
The Carbon Black Special Edition and the DBS Carbon Edition (which debuted last fall at the Frankfurt show) were offered just with a six-speed automatic.
Of the 100 Ultimates built, fewer than 30 will be available in the U.S. Sources say that the announcement about the allotment for this model will come soon.
If you like what you’re reading so far, head off to the nearest Aston Martin and order the Ultimate coupe. It’s believed that the new model will have a modest premium over the $288,000 price tag of the DBS Carbon Edition.
In developing the new DBS, Aston Martin made sure that it would have a low curb weight, better handling ability, and high-performance stability. To make this possible, the body panels of the DBS are composed mainly of ultra-light carbon-fiber, a first for a production model from Aston Martin. The DBS however is not just about being lightweight as the weight distribution is said to be near perfect.
Under the hood is the flexible yet powerful V12 engine that is paired to the six-speed transmission that has been refined for performance. It also received new brakes made of carbon ceramic plus the suspension system with the adaptive damper control. All of these combined give the new DBS both control and performance that are clearly at high levels.
When talking about performance though, the main focus will be undoubtedly that of the new 6.0-liter V12 engine. An improved version of this particular engine is equipped inside the DBR9 race car and the DBRS9 race car, with output reaching at least 600 bhp.
By putting this same engine in the DBS, it follows in the tradition of the brand to provide a strong link between its race cars and the road models. This was what Aston Martin aimed for during the 1950s and all the way to the 1960s with the 6-cylinder engine powering not only the DBR1 but even the DB4, the DB5, and the DB6.
For the engine fitted in the new DBS, it comes with various improvements to increase the power. There is for example the 'by-pass' engine air intake port which opens when the car reaches at least 5,500 rpm.
With this, more air is channeled to the engine. Another feature enhanced is the air inlet ports, which have been be re-profiled, ensuring that the combustion chamber gets more airflow.
Add in the 10.9:1 compression ratio and excellent power and torque are both guaranteed. Output has been measured to be 510 bhp (517 PS/380 kW) and available at 6,500 rpm. By having a final driver ratio of 3.7:1, this means that any extra power can indeed be utilized and thus improve further the in-gear acceleration.