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 byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
released at2011 Frankfurt Motor Show
built atGaydon, Warwickshire, England
price $$ 287,576
price €/td>€257,912
price £/td>£186,582
engineAlloy V12
positionFront Longitudinal
block materialAluminum
valvetrainChain Driven DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedElectronic Fuel Injection
displacement5935 cc / 362.2 in³
bore89 mm / 3.5 in
stroke79.5 mm / 3.1 in
power380.3 kw / 510 bhp @ 6500 rpm
specific output85.93 bhp per litre
bhp/weight320.96 bhp per tonne
torque569.44 nm / 420 ft lbs @ 5750 rpm
body / frameAluminium, Magnesium Alloy & Carbon-fibre composite body over Aluminum VH Structure
driven wheelsRWD w/LSD, DSC
wheel typeCast Alloy Wheels w/Graphite Finish
front tires245/35-20 Pirelli P Zero
rear tires295/30-20 Pirelli P Zero
front brakesVented Carbon Ceramic Discs w/6-Piston Calipers, ABS, EBD
rear brakesVented Carbon Ceramic Discs w/4-Piston Calipers, ABS, EBD
front wheelsF 50.8 x 21.6 cm / 20 x 8.5 in
rear wheelsR 50.8 x 27.9 cm / 20 x 11 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Servotronic Speed-Sensitive Power Assist
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar, Active Dampers
r suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar, Active Dampers
curb weight1589 kg / 3500 lbs
weight distro43 % / 57 %
wheelbase2741 mm / 107.9 in
front track1585.0 mm / 62.4 in
rear track1582.4 mm / 62.3 in
length4721 mm / 185.9 in
width1905 mm / 75.0 in
height1280 mm / 50.4 in
transmission6-Speed Transaxle
gear ratios3.15:1, 1.95:1, 1.44:1, 1.15:1, 0.94:1, 0.76:1
final drive3.71:1
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 epa21 L/100 km or 11 mpg-us
hwy fuel econ epa14 L/100 km or 17 mpg-us
fuel capacity77.59 litres or 20.5 gal.