2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition

Gaydon, Warwickshire, 12 September 2011. Aston Martin will premiere two striking new Carbon Edition DBS sports cars at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 13 September 2011.

Following on from the success of the DBS Carbon Black, introduced in 2009, the 2011 DBS Carbon Edition will be available in two new colours including Flame Orange and Ceramic Grey together with the existing Carbon Black. Each DBS will undergo Aston Martin’s unique paint process receiving seven layers of paint together with a 25 hour hand flat-and-polish finish resulting in a glass veneer normally the reserve of jewellery production. A first for Aston Martin is the option to specify a satin lacquer paint finish, creating a silk-like texture.

The DBS Carbon Edition features 10-spoke gloss black diamond turned wheels with a reversed diamond turned or full gloss black finish as an option. Complementing the wheels, black brake callipers will be delivered as standard with yellow, orange, red or grey as an option. Harmonising with the exterior finish is a warm black grille, carbon fibre mirror heads, carbon rear lamp in-fills and smoked rear lights creating a DBS specification like never before.

The cosseting and inviting interior of the coupe plays host to the familiar swathes of obsidian black or maranello orange semi-aniline leather. This type of leather is more natural looking and softer to touch. The interior of a DBS Carbon Edition will take in excess of 70 man hours to hand stitch and finish.

On the DBS Carbon Edition coupe, the headlining is quilted in leather providing a luxurious envelope to the cabin. Immediately distinguishing the Carbon Edition from a standard DBS is the carbon fibre facia with a carbon weave that has been positioned exactly to follow the form of the dashboard. Only by hand can the fibres be laid to create a perfectly aligned weave.

The magnesium alloy paddles that control the Touchtronic II automatic gearbox are tipped with carbon fibre bringing the Carbon Edition direct to the fingertips. A unique carbon fibre special edition sill plaque with laser etched metal inlay completes the specification.

The standard DBS has recently been updated to feature the new Aston Martin Garmin satellite navigation system possessing improved graphics and intuition to provide a sleeker user experience. Beam blade windscreen wipers are also a new feature providing reduced wind noise and a cleaner wipe, even at high speeds.

DBS Carbon Edition prices start at £186,582 (€257,912/$287,576) for the coupe and £196,581 (€272,913/$302,576) for the Volante with customer deliveries expected from quarter one 2012.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
released at 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show
built at Gaydon, Warwickshire, England
price $ $ 287,576
price €/td> €257,912
price £/td> £186,582
engine Alloy V12
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Aluminum
valvetrain Chain Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Electronic Fuel Injection
displacement 5935 cc / 362.2 in³
bore 89 mm / 3.5 in
stroke 79.5 mm / 3.1 in
compression 10.9:1
power 380.3 kw / 510 bhp @ 6500 rpm
specific output 85.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 320.96 bhp per tonne
torque 569.44 nm / 420 ft lbs @ 5750 rpm
redline 6800
body / frame Aluminium, Magnesium Alloy & Carbon-fibre composite body over Aluminum VH Structure
driven wheels RWD w/LSD, DSC
wheel type Cast Alloy Wheels w/Graphite Finish
front tires 245/35-20 Pirelli P Zero
rear tires 295/30-20 Pirelli P Zero
front brakes Vented Carbon Ceramic Discs w/6-Piston Calipers, ABS, EBD
rear brakes Vented Carbon Ceramic Discs w/4-Piston Calipers, ABS, EBD
front wheels F 50.8 x 21.6 cm / 20 x 8.5 in
rear wheels R 50.8 x 27.9 cm / 20 x 11 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Servotronic Speed-Sensitive Power Assist
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar, Active Dampers
r suspension Double Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar, Active Dampers
curb weight 1589 kg / 3500 lbs
weight distro 43 % / 57 %
wheelbase 2741 mm / 107.9 in
front track 1585.0 mm / 62.4 in
rear track 1582.4 mm / 62.3 in
length 4721 mm / 185.9 in
width 1905 mm / 75.0 in
height 1280 mm / 50.4 in
transmission 6-Speed Transaxle
gear ratios 3.15:1, 1.95:1, 1.44:1, 1.15:1, 0.94:1, 0.76:1
final drive 3.71:1
top speed ~307.4 kph / 191 mph
0 – 60 mph ~4.3 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~9.2 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~12.5 seconds
city fuel econ epa 21 L/100 km or 11 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa 14 L/100 km or 17 mpg-us
fuel capacity 77.59 litres or 20.5 gal.