NEW FOR 2009:

All-new model

For 2009, Aston Martin introduces the DBS, which replaces the Vanquish in the company’s line-up. The company said that it will make 700 of them worldwide, and that it bridges the gap between the DB9 and the company’s Le Mans-winning DBR9 race car.

Based on the DB9 Coupe 2+2, the DBS is a two-door, two-seater coupe that provides luggage space in place of the small rear seats.

Like the DB9, the DBS uses a front mid-mounted 6.0-litre V12 engine, but tuned to produce 510 horsepower to the DB9’s already-impressive 450 horsepower. Maximum speed is rated at 307 km/h. The car’s six-speed manual transmission is located at the rear; the lightweight body is composed of a bonded aluminum structure, extruded aluminum door side-impact beams, and a composite shell of aluminum, magnesium alloy and carbon fibre.

Features include 20-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero tires, automatic climate control, Xenon headlamps, LED taillights and side-mounted signals, limited-slip differential, tilt and telescopic column, Adaptive Damping System with track mode, ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs with six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers, leather and Alcantara interior, carbon fibre door trims and pulls, auto-dimming rearview mirror with garage door opener, heated sports seats with ten-way power adjustment and memory, trip computer, cruise control, navigation system, premium six-CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, power-folding exterior mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, tire pressure monitoring system, and umbrella with holder.

Available options include 20-inch wheels with graphite finish, satellite radio, Piano Black interior trim, leather storage saddle, personalized sill plaques, first-aid kit and smoker’s package.

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