Men Lifestyle: Aston Martin DBS

12:40 am Contributed by JW

Before its release, the DBS had a cameo in James Bond flick Casino Royale to tease Aston martin fans with the shape of things to come. Priced at a hefty US$260,000, this piece of British heritage is set for progress, eliminating previous design, production and financial fetters. Expressive and explosive, the DBS will herald the new Aston Martin era. The ultimate embodiment of the DB9 coupe, the DBS replaces the muscular Vanquish as the all-new flagship with just 300 cars to be produced each year at its factory in Gaydon, UK. Quicker than any Aston road car before it, thanks to it well massaged V12 engine, it also weighs about 100kg less than the regular DB9. Raw power aside, the DBS is dressier than its predecessors. From bonnet to boot, it displays flowing curves, subtle sills and complex surfaces that elicit instant double takes. Grand, luxurious and marked by smooth and effortless maneuvers, the front end's yawning air scoop and the rear's carbon fibre diffuser and twin exhausts certainly suggest extraordinary performance and superior airflow management. Once inside, brace yourself for sensory overload. As a touch of extravagance, the dashboard knobs and accents are made from solid aluminum while the centre stack has been reconfigured for enhanced precision and functionality.
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