Aston Martin DBS Bows Out as its Most Powerful Road Car

Aston Martin’s farewell to the flagship DBS model is a homage to one of the last great ICE powertrains from the British automaker and its most powerful road car to date.

The model, first entered on the most desirable car list as a prototype in Daniel Craig’s first and most gritty James Bond movie Casino Royale, bows out as the DBS 770 Ultimate boasting a quad overhead cam 48-valve 60-deg 5.2-liter V12 gasoline engine developing 770PS (760bhp)  at 6,500rpm and 663ft-lbs of torque from just 1,800rpm to 5,000rpm.

The engine employs dual twin-scroll turbo chargers with water-to-air charge cooling and a compression ratio 9.2:1 in its fully CNC machined combustion chambers. There’s dual variable camshaft timing and, naturally, it is fully catalyzed with a electronically controlled stainless steel exhaust system with center exits.

Claimed performance for the Coupe version includes the 0-60mph sprint time of 3.2 seconds, 0-100mph in 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 211mph. The Volante version is just 0.2 and 0.3 seconds behind it in the sprints.

Power is fed through a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and mechanical Limited-Slip Differential (LSD) mounted at the rear of the car. In addition, DBS 770 Ultimate receives a unique transmission calibration to enhance shift speeds and driver interaction, contributing to a truly connected driving experience.

Only 499 models have been scheduled for the global market and all have been reserved ahead of the car coming to market at around £240,000 ($295,000). Aston Martin chief technology officer, Roberto Fedeli, said: “When an iconic model generation reaches the end of production it is important to mark the occasion with something special. In the case of the DBS 770 Ultimate, we have spared nothing in ensuring the final version of our current series production flagship is the best-ever in every respect. Not only is it the fastest and most powerful DBS in our history, thanks to a comprehensive suite of improvements to the transmission, steering, suspension, and underbody structure; it is also the best to drive.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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