THE 2023 DBS 770 ULTIMATE IS THE LAST OF THE DBS LEGACY, AND IT'S A BEAST.
The Aston Martin DBS is the British automaker’s nameplate for its grand tourer and it first hit the motoring scene way back in 1967, but after a rather successful 56-year run complete with being the car of choice by James Bond, the DBS is being retired after one last model is built. In a fitting move, it’s also the most powerful Aston Martin DBS to date and it’s been dubbed the DBS 770 Ultimate. The extensively re-engineered DBS has had a brilliant nip/tuck on the aesthetics, and the iconic V12 was revitalised and massaged to now produce 566 kW with 900 Nm of torque. As you’d expect, the 770 Ultimate was announced as a limited number derivative and so a total of 499 units are to be made available, we’re guessing there’s a total of 500 but the automaker will quite likely, and rightfully keep one for itself. Again, one of the major drawbacks of a car with such a long and rich history is that there are countless fanatical collectors around the world that were given a heads-up on the car’s impending creation and so the order books closed a while back and all planned units have already been spoken for. Damn you, wealthy people.
The powerplant is a twin-turbocharged quad-cam 60-deg 5.2-litre V12 with that aforementioned 566 kW and 900 Nm of torque, and when mated to the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission it affords the sleek grand tourer the ability to launch from 0-100 km/h in around 3.4 seconds, it can hit 160 km/h in 6.4 seconds, and it can run on to a 400 km/h top speed. The new looks have a purpose, there’s increased airflow to the radiators, the clamshell bonnet’s ‘horse-shoe’ engine vent and a new front splitter integrates two new outboard vents and the 2x2 Twill carbon fibre cantrail, windscreen surround, mirror caps, fender louvre, carbon fibre sills, and rear diffuser is new. The new 21” multi-spoke wheel design is decent and can be had in three finishes. Inside there are Sports Plus Seats, a bespoke trim split, a tailor-made strap and buckle badge featuring a laser etched DBS 770 Ultimate logo, carbon fibre gearshift paddles and a unique set of sill plaques showcasing the Aston Martin Wings, DBS 770 Ultimate logo and Limited-Edition numbering signifying the vehicle as one of 300 Coupes or 199 Volantes.
Aston Martin Chief Technology Officer, Roberto Fedeli, said of the DBS 770 Ultimate: “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.”
Marek Reichman, Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, adds: “DBS has always sat at the pinnacle of the Aston Martin production model line-up. And now we’re infusing DBS 770 Ultimate with even more… more power, more performance purity and all with more sophistication, more taste and in the most considered manner. Something so raw, and yet so beautiful it’s almost intimidating to look at. It's through this design approach that we came up with the shapes - starting with the amped-up front end – and from there everything else flows in design balance with the performance upgrades.”
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows off the amazing new DBS from Aston Martin, the 770 Ultimate, which is a fitting farewell to the now iconic DBS range of sports cars: Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate | Aston Martin
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