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You know what I always say...

There's just something about 510 bhp of refined motive force propelling 3,700 pounds of sexily sculpted carbon fiber, aluminium [SIC], steel, leather, and glass through the air.

I had the extreme fortune to be in Dallas this past weekend for the North American press launch of the DBS. We spent most of Sunday putting 300 eminently satisfying miles on the Casino Royale grey car you see below. Aston laid out an enormously enjoyable ride and drive route that included only about 20% freeway miles with the balance being every manner of county and farm roads. Jumping ahead to the final verdict, I'd say that the thing is unbelievable, but that is just too cliché for such a majestic beast. Instead, let’s just say that this thing is simply beyond cognition.

If that's too esoteric for you, allow me to alliterate, and to try and sum it up with a series of word pictures: Power... Presence... Poise... Purrrrrfect... Period. I know what you're thinking, "Besides the $260,000 price of entry, what's not to like?" To which I can only respond, "Not much." Warren Buffet will tell you that "Price is what you pay. Value is what you get." I have to say that I agree. What you have here is Aston's take on the supercar and I, for one (along with at least 300 lucky owners over the course of the next two years), am a big fan of their version. The only true nits that I can pick have to do with the interior door pull (it should be carbon like the interior door handle, and not aluminum), the shift knob (it is a bit large-ish and should probably be leather to help insulate your hand from the heat on those summer days), and that the aluminum radio and HVAC controls should be knurled. That’s it though. Ok, so you won’t fit much in the car from your last Costco trip. Such is life in the fast lane though… the incredibly fast, I should be arrested for criminal speeding, fast lane.

How is it that manufacturers can top their once (seemingly) insurmountable crowning achievements? The car business sure is funny that way isn't it? Just when you think the offering can not possibly get any better, the object of your desire for years, in this case Vanquish S, gets swatted aside by the new girl in town. A few years ago after driving Vanquish and Vanquish S I thought "this is it, this is what I want to get when the depreciation curve, my desire curve, and my toy budget all intersect." Guess what? I have to re-set my desire curve, yet again. Fortunately, and unfortunately, progress will ensure that I do that again at some point in the future. For the time being though, she (DBS) is the one.

I’ll link to my full review of the vehicle and the drive once it is published, but in the meantime enjoy these pics…
 

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Oh my. You lucky guy, you. :D

I'm sure handing the keys back was the hardest part of that experience.
 

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I would just like to be the first one to say that I think the DBS' styling is mucked up. The front fascia and side skirts would be more at home on something from the Japanese and I'm not turned on by the thought of an Aston with "DBS" embroidered on red seats and lashings of carbon fiber everywhere. That's not to say I wouldn't also be thrilled to take it on a 300 mile drive, but with my money I'd get a DB9 and spend the rest on designer suits to make myself look as good as the car.
 

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Gifted verbage, Frank - looking forward to the review.
I knew I saved this for a reason...
 

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I was in the DBS at the L.A. Auto Show.

Unquestionably the best man toy to own ever made ever ever ever. :drool:

At that price.

The interior is overwhelming.

The shifter is as big as a huge, male, uh, well... it's really a big thick shifter.

What an impressive car. :D
 

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I have always been a fan of Aston and this seems like a great car. That being said I test drove a DB9 last year and loved the engine sound and power but it still felt like a big, heavy, over-boosted steering car.

I must say the little Lotus has ruined me!!!!
 

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I have always been a fan of Aston and this seems like a great car. That being said I test drove a DB9 last year and loved the engine sound and power but it still felt like a big, heavy, over-boosted steering car.

I must say the little Lotus has ruined me!!!!
I don't know...I practically wet myself driving a V8 Vantage...I'd probably wet myself if I just saw a DB9...Thanks for sharing, Frank!

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I have always been a fan of Aston and this seems like a great car. That being said I test drove a DB9 last year and loved the engine sound and power but it still felt like a big, heavy, over-boosted steering car.

I must say the little Lotus has ruined me!!!!
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I'm confused.. what is the point of your statement?

compared to a lotus elise almost every other car is going to feel big or overboosted steering..

Apple to Oranges..

Aston Martin has taken quite an incredible turn.. I think their cars are so appealing now ever since the Vanquish that to deny them is almost impossible
 

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I think they look cool.
tho it's getting a little hard to tell them apart from the new Jags and Maseratis!
 

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tho it's getting a little hard to tell them apart from the new Jags and Maseratis!
I don't have any trouble telling them apart. I just feel my chin. If it's dry, it's a Jag or Maserati. If it's covered with drool, it's an Aston.

Frank,
Will you adopt me before your next carventure?
 

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I would be willing to sell a kidney on the black market if it would get me one. Anyone know of a kidney merchant?
 

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I much prefer the AMV8 Vantage, I think it is better looking and I like the smaller size.
 

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I much prefer the AMV8 Vantage, I think it is better looking and I like the smaller size.
Ditto, while the DBS is pornography according to Clarkson, the Vantage has more appeal, the much smaller price tag doesn't hurt either.
 

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I was going to be all for the "Lotus has ruined my appreciation for other super cars" thread... until I scrolled down and saw the pictures of this magnificant animal... :drool: VERY jealous of your oppertunity :bow:
 

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???

I'm confused.. what is the point of your statement?

compared to a lotus elise almost every other car is going to feel big or overboosted steering..

Apple to Oranges..

Aston Martin has taken quite an incredible turn.. I think their cars are so appealing now ever since the Vanquish that to deny them is almost impossible
I guess my point is that I really thought I would enjoy the car much more than I did. This was by far the "Highest End" car I had ever driven and I was expecting more than just a great engine and looks. Don't get me wrong I do love the Astons, and yes it may be Apples to Oranges but I was really surprised by the fact that I did not really want one after I drove it.
 

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I much prefer the AMV8 Vantage, I think it is better looking and I like the smaller size.
Bonus is that it's considerably easier on the pocketbook and still sounds like the devil's car!
:D
 
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