2020 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera (SOLD)

The best resolved of the new-era Aston Martins. Huge performance with long distance comfort, wrapped up in a body with real presence

  • 2020 (70)
  • Midnight Blue
  • Dark Knight / Ivory Interior
  • Piano Black veneer
  • Satin silver Jewellery Pack

The DBS can be thought of as a DB11 V12 that’s had a professional makeover and spent a lot of time at the gym; a big, continent-crossing coupe with the performance of a genuine supercar.

With a faintly absurd 715bhp, and 663lb ft of torque the V12 in the DBS posts some very impressive numbers for a big front-engined coupe. It takes just 3.4sec to get from 0 to 62mph, while a clearer illustration of its potency can be gained from the 0 to 100mph time of just 6.4sec. Flat out the DBS can hit 211mph, so be in no doubt, it’s a seriously fast car.

The ‘Superleggera’ name is a nod to the weight saving construction techniques used by coachbuilders Touring in the 1950s and ’60s, the modern link here is that the DBS uses carbon fibre panels over its aluminium structure. Those expensive carbon panels are formed into an undeniably aggressive shape, but one that also manipulates the air to create 180kg of downforce at the car’s top speed, thanks to a fixed rear wing, working rear diffuser and careful airflow management along the car’s flanks.

What’s it like to drive?

There’s a temptation to take one look at the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera and compare it with that other gargantuan front-engined supercar, the Ferrari 812 Superfast but the DBS is something quite different: for all its wildly slashed bodywork, gaping air intakes and dramatic proportions, this is very much a GT car – one that majors on readily accessible and almost endless reserves of performance, yet still combines them with comfort.

That V12 has a significant presence, whether on start up or pulling hard through the mid range and its potency is readily apparent, because even a small application of throttle is enough to surge past slower moving traffic; the DBS is a hilariously effortless overtaker.  It is possible to cover ground at a very rapid rate, revelling in the enormous thrust of the V12, leaning on the ample reserves of grip and enjoying hustling this big coupe on all types of road.  Factor in the DBS’ relative practicality and the car’s personality really starts to make sense – it is a disarmingly easy supercar to get to know, and live with every day.

The beauty of the DBS is that it has no real rivals. The aforementioned 812 Superfast is a much more aggressive, focused sporting machine; a Bentley Continental GT meanwhile can’t live with the Aston’s performance, or match its dramatic styling.

Engine: V12, 5.2-litre, twin-turbo
Power: 715bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque: 664lb ft from 1500-5000rpm
0-62 mph: 3.4sec
Top Speed: 211mph