Aston Martin DBS To Drive Off As Its Most Powerful Production Car
Yes, even more powerful than the Valkyrie.
Aston Martin’s super GT DBS has taken up a funny place in the British marque’s folklore over the decades since it made its debut in Casino Royale.
The car’s styling, which dropped jaws as much for its aesthetic appeal as the scene in which it was smashed to pieces at the hands of a bit of Daniel Craig driving, not only set the tone for the coming decades of radical design from the brand, but in one movement shook off the must Aston accumulated throughout the ‘90s and early 2000s. More importantly, it re-established Aston as one of the supercar world’s most desirable names.
Since then, however, the DBS has played second fiddle to a string of headline-capturing releases. It is, of course, gorgeous, and universally regarded as one of the finest cars in its class—but with cars like the Vulcan, Valkyrie, Valhalla, DBX and the new Vantage all stealing its spotlight at various times, the most expensive car in Aston’s main range spent a larger portion of its life in the background than perhaps it should of—especially with special editions like the Superlegerra and the stunning DBS GT Zagato forming part of its lineage.
The DBS is, nonetheless, a car very much worth celebrating. And as it ends its production run 17 years after its debut in that fateful 007 scene, Aston is sending it out not only as one of its most esteemed vehicles, but its most powerful — care of one final, definitive, special edition, simply dubbed the DBS 770 Ultimate.
As you may have guessed already, the name eludes to the monstrous amount of PS generated by its freshly-tuned V12 engine, with a cool 900nm of torque to go alongside it, fed through an 8-speed automatic to ensure the DBS retains the silky-smooth finesse that makes it capable of devouring entire continents with ease and comfort. Incidentally, it’s still one of the out-and-out fastest cars the company has ever produced, topping out at a speed of 211 mph (approx 340 km/h).
Additional touches placed upon the DBS 770 Ultimate come by way of an updated front splitter, a horse-shoe vent and deeper rear diffuser for improved engine cooling and aerodynamic balance. Aston have also stiffened the front and rear suspension slightly, making for a more nimble experience when it’s inevitably thrown down the Stelvio.
The Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate will commence production in Q1 this year, with a production run of just 499 vehicles—199 of which will be roadsters. Naturally, they’re all already sold out.
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