2012 Aston Martin DBS

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Key Specs

of the 2012 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

  • Gas mileage

Notable Features of the 2012 Aston Martin DBS

  • New Garmin-based navigation system
  • 510-hp V-12
  • Six-speed manual or automatic transmission
  • Available seating for four
  • Coupe or convertible

2012 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 Lamborghini Gallardo. The rear-wheel-drive DBS crowns Aston Martin's lineup and is available as a coupe or convertible. It shares its platform with the similarly styled DB9 and less expensive V8 Vantage.

New for 2012
For 2012, a Garmin-based navigation system replaces a hard-drive-based one, and the brake calipers can be optionally finished in red, gray or yellow.

Exterior
Those who have seen a mid-'90s DB7 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 flourishes and the rear sports an aggressive underbody diffuser. Exterior features include:

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

Interior
The 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. This space can be fitted with two 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
  • Garmin-bas...
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 Lamborghini Gallardo. The rear-wheel-drive DBS crowns Aston Martin's lineup and is available as a coupe or convertible. It shares its platform with the similarly styled DB9 and less expensive V8 Vantage.

New for 2012
For 2012, a Garmin-based navigation system replaces a hard-drive-based one, and the brake calipers can be optionally finished in red, gray or yellow.

Exterior
Those who have seen a mid-'90s DB7 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 flourishes and the rear sports an aggressive underbody diffuser. Exterior features include:

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

Interior
The 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. This space can be fitted with two 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
  • Garmin-based navigation system
  • Cruise control
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • Bang & Olufsen stereo

Under the Hood
The engine sits in front of the driver and front 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 62 mph in 4.3 seconds
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Available six-speed automatic with paddle shifters
  • 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
(4.5)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.2)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Outstanding Car

by Aston Owner from Chicago, IL on December 28, 2016

This is our second Aston Volante and it's a stunning car. The interior and exterior styling is just gorgeous. Where ever we go people are taking pictures and giving us compliments. Overall ... Read full review

(4.0)

Excellent Car

by Like to Drive from West Palm Beach on January 24, 2013

I like this car - it is great for highway driving, taking the wife etc. to dinner and trips from WPB - to Naples. However I found the long wheelbase an issue for handling on tighter mountain roads. I ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Aston Martin DBS currently has 5 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 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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