Aston Martin has revealed the final edition of its current-generation, V12-powered DBS sports car to commemorate the end of production.
Dubbed the DBS 770 Ultimate, this sports car is claimed to be the most powerful Aston Martin series production car ever, as well as the fastest DBS to date.
There will only be 499 examples of the DBS 770 Ultimate produced globally – 300 coupes and 199 Volante convertibles – with order books already closed. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2023.
Powering the Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate is an uprated 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine producing 770 PS, hence the name, or 566kW of power and 900Nm of torque. This is 33kW more than the regular DBS.
Aston Martin says it achieved the extra power by modifying the air and ignition pathways, as well as increasing the maximum turbo boost pressure by seven per cent.
This is mated to a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission with drive sent to the rear wheels only. There’s also a mechanical limited-slip differential on the rear axle.
Aston Martin claims coupe versions of the DBS 770 Ultimate can do the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.4 seconds, whereas Volante convertible versions it takes 3.6 seconds. Flat out you’ll be doing 340km/h.
Some other alterations Aston Martin made to the DBS 770 Ultimate include a solid-mounted steering column, enhanced front cross member, thicker rear undertray, and adaptive damping with a unique calibration.
Providing the stopping force are a set of carbon ceramic brakes. The front discs are 410mm wide and the rear are 360mm wide.
In terms of design, Aston Martin fitted the DBS 770 Ultimate with 21-inch multi-spoke wheels inspired by the retro-looking Victor one-off and the Valkyrie hypercar. They’re wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres.
There are two new outboard vents on the front splitter to enhance cooling, as well as a carbon fibre cantrail, windscreen surround, side mirror caps, and wheel arch louvres.
At the rear there’s a unique rear diffuser that’s claimed to maintain “aerodynamic balance from front to rear”.
Inside the DBS 770 Ultimate are Sports Plus front seats as standard, trimmed in full semi-aniline leather and Alcantara. They’re quilted and have a perforation pattern.
There are carbon fibre paddle shifters as standard, along with a tailor-made strap and buckle badge with a laser-etched DBS 770 Ultimate logo on the centre arm rest.
In the door sill there’s a plate that signifies the exclusivity of the vehicle and has the Aston Martin wings.
A plethora of bespoke interior and exterior options are available too through Aston Martin’s Q division.
The current-generation Aston Martin DBS, previously referred to as the DBS Superleggera before the 2022 model year, was first revealed in 2018, but the nameplate dates back to the 1960s.
Company chairman Lawrence Stroll told Autocar in February 2022 the DBS, along with the related DB11 and Vantage, will be receiving updated suspension, engines and transmissions in 2023.
All three front-engined sports cars will also feature heavily revised styling plus overhauled interiors with fresher technology.
Mr Stroll said the DBS won’t lose its 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine.
The Vantage and DB11 will continue to use a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 sourced from Mercedes-AMG, though they’ll reportedly be uprated in line with more recent AMG models.
Then-CEO Tobias Moers said in 2021 the Aston Martin range would receive 11 new models by the end of 2023, including electrified models.
Aston Martin also plans to use the Lagona nameplate for ultra-luxury version of its existing models, with the company scrapping plans to reintroduce it as a standalone brand.
It’s all part of a goal to expand the brand’s portfolio and become a “self-sustaining company”, albeit with close ties to Mercedes-AMG, by 2024 and 2025.
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