2011 Aston Martin DBS

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Aston Martin DBS. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Classy styling
  • Acceleration
  • Brakes
  • Posh interior

The Bad

  • Pending further review

Notable Features of the 2011 Aston Martin DBS

  • 510-hp V-12
  • Six-speed manual or available automatic transmissions
  • Available seating for four
  • Coupe or convertible
  • Bang &amp
  • amp
  • Olufsen audio
  • Positioned above DB9 and V8 Vantage

2011 Aston Martin DBS Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Sporting a 510-horsepower V-12, massive wheels and a low-slung hood, the DBS competes with supercars like the Ferrari 599 GTB and Maserati GranTurismo. The rear-wheel-drive DBS crowns Aston Martin's three-car lineup and is available as a coupe or convertible. It shares its platform with the similarly styled DB9 and less expensive V8 Vantage, both of which have convertible variants.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011.

Exterior
Those who have seen a mid-'90s DB7 or anything newer should recognize the DBS as an Aston. Its trapezoidal grille and low-slung hood mimic the V8 Vantage and DB9; the front air dam is larger, the bumper has a few more etchings, and the rear sports an aggressive underbody air diffuser. Exterior features include:

  • Constructed from lightweight aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber
  • Aluminum chassis
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • LED taillamps
  • 20-inch wheels standard
  • Available lightweight 20-inch wheels
  • Power retractable fabric roof (convertible)

Interior
The two-seat interior looks much like that of the DB9. The center stack starts with the air-conditioning vents up top and flows down to the center armrest. A small cargo area behind the seats can hold a custom luggage set. The rear cargo area can be replaced with additional seats to increase seating capacity to four. This configuration comes standard on the convertible. Interior features include:

  • Leather-upholstered dashboard, armrest, steering wheel and ...
Vehicle Overview

Sporting a 510-horsepower V-12, massive wheels and a low-slung hood, the DBS competes with supercars like the Ferrari 599 GTB and Maserati GranTurismo. The rear-wheel-drive DBS crowns Aston Martin's three-car lineup and is available as a coupe or convertible. It shares its platform with the similarly styled DB9 and less expensive V8 Vantage, both of which have convertible variants.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011.

Exterior
Those who have seen a mid-'90s DB7 or anything newer should recognize the DBS as an Aston. Its trapezoidal grille and low-slung hood mimic the V8 Vantage and DB9; the front air dam is larger, the bumper has a few more etchings, and the rear sports an aggressive underbody air diffuser. Exterior features include:

  • Constructed from lightweight aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber
  • Aluminum chassis
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • LED taillamps
  • 20-inch wheels standard
  • Available lightweight 20-inch wheels
  • Power retractable fabric roof (convertible)

Interior
The two-seat interior looks much like that of the DB9. The center stack starts with the air-conditioning vents up top and flows down to the center armrest. A small cargo area behind the seats can hold a custom luggage set. The rear cargo area can be replaced with additional seats to increase seating capacity to four. This configuration comes standard on the convertible. Interior features include:

  • Leather-upholstered dashboard, armrest, steering wheel and seats
  • Choice of ultrathin racing seats or chunkier, but still heavily bolstered, sport seats
  • Available navigation system
  • Available Bang & Olufsen stereo

Under the Hood
The engine sits in front of the driver and passenger but is pushed back toward the center of the car. The automatic transmission is similar to the unit used in the DB9, but with beefed-up internal parts to handle the extra power. Mechanical features include:

  • 510 hp and 420 pounds-feet of torque
  • Mid-mounted 6.0-liter V-12
  • Zero to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Available six-speed automatic with paddle shifter
  • Adaptive suspension adjusts dampers to changing road conditions

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Antilock brakes
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability system

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.5)
Comfort
(4.5)
Reliability
(3.0)
Value For The Money
(4.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Is good and luxurious

by doc4icu from CA on August 13, 2017

James Bond's ultimate Aston - second to none! I had a Vanquish S before, but this DBS got guts, great looks and performance to match. Read full review

(4.0)

jihad

by jihad from Chicago, IL on June 6, 2011

This car is good in many ways. This car has so much details it's sped is in creatible you should really buy this car Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Aston Martin DBS currently has 4 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Aston Martin DBS has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The DBS received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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