February 18, 2012
Hands down, best vehicle I've ever owned.
The beauty, elegance, and attention that the DBS commands inexplicably manages to surpass the breath-taking face ride she gives you when you bury your foot into the accelerator. And though it doesn't make the same amount of noise, calling for attention to itself like the more reckless-sounding Ferrari or Lamborghini, that spine-tingling roar sounds more refined, understated, and subtle than those aforementioned - knowing it's up there among the best, but not feeling as though it needs to show it - and that's Aston's whole brand embodied. Feeling your heart in the back of your throat when you hit 80MPH in 6 seconds is what pubescent teenage boys' wet dreams are made of. And my mother still knows I'm coming from about two miles away...
If the hefty price tag is deterring you, the DB9 is a viable substitute at nearly $100k less than the leaner, meaner big brother (maybe less a differing price point, if purchased used). I test drove both, and unless you're a dextrous gear head, the difference in performance is hardly noticeable, especially for the large variance in price. But for those who do know and care, the ability to splurge on an S puts you in a class above the rest - a nonpareil among the elite. When you drive past, and that DBS badge is on the back instead of DB9, it's like a trophy for the privileged and the difference between a Rolex and an Audemars. And while everyone who doesn't know will just see an Aston driving by... they will still see you in your Aston. Nothing commands attention at intersections and on the road like this car. Even those who know nothing about motoring are constantly rubbernecking to prolong their glimpse of my car and who's inside.
The vents on the hood reminded me of a shark's nostrils and give the overall styling a much more aggressive look than the significantly more conservative DB9. As a much younger owner than Aston's average customer base, I sought the more aggressive, sporty styling that was youthful but still paired itself with Aston's legendary elegance and luxury.
If you want to exercise your ability to enjoy the finer things, this car is epic. I cannot recommend this automobile enough for those who can afford it, and I cannot encourage those whose dream it is own this vehicle to keep working. The DBS is the difference between a tailored Nordstrom suit and having that Anderson & Sheppard cut.