2012 Aston Martin DBS

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$275,461

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2012 Aston Martin DBS

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Classy styling
  • Acceleration
  • Brakes
  • Posh interior

The bad:

  • Gas mileage

4 trims

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Notable features

  • 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 review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.3
  • Performance 4.0
  • Value for the money 4.8
  • Exterior styling 4.5
  • Reliability 4.5

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Outstanding Car

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 craftsmanship is over the top - and the car has that great leather smell when you open the doors. Performance is more than anyone will ever use. Oh, and that Aston sound when you start the car and when you get on the gas. You will always have a smile on your face. Both cars have been very reliable and easy to maintain. If you are looking for a sports GT at this price point, put it on your test drive list - you won't be disappointed.

4.1

Excellent Car

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 shipped it to Maine last summer and it was not great. Prefer my Audi R8GT for better handling. Ride not as smooth but much tighter on the road.

3.3

Decent Car

This was one of the cheaper cars I bought and it was for good reason. I guess it's alright, but even my Lamborghini which is cheaper is better...................I'm just kidding its a pretty good car.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Aston Martin
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/100,000 miles
Corrosion
120 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
36 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
24 months/100,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
10 years years old or less/unlimited mileage
Basic warranty terms
12 months/unlimited miles
Powertrain
12 months/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
140-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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