2018 Aston Martin DBS
The 2018 Aston Martin DBS is a grand tourer model produced by the British manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda Limited. With a great sense of flair and opportunity, the 2018 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera leads Aston Martin’s foray into the luxury performance car market. DBS drops Superleggera from its name for 2022, but not much has changed. A new 21-inch wheel design is available and DBS can now be ordered with preconfigured interior themes Create, Accelerate and Inspire, each with a unique look and feel.
Those seeking a more bespoke interior will find an endless list of options and features that can highlight the DBS cabin. 2018 Aston Martin DBS unleashes almost too much power from the rear wheels to send it to the curb. The steering is sharp and engaging, which is good because the driving experience can be insane as a result of this GT’s outstanding torque output. The transmission tuning leaves something to be desired in terms of responsiveness and quickness.
The wheezing exhaust sound, which is better heard behind the wheel of the Convertible Volante variant, will largely go unnoticed once this V-12 engine is discontinued. There’s no denying that the DBS Superleggera is a stunning car – there’s no skipping around town without attention. To complete the conversion from the Aston Martin DBS to the DBS Superleggera, Aston Martin added a full-width rear light bar and a sizable grille at the front. This, coupled with the more aggressive styling overall, means the DBS is family-friendly.
2018 Aston Martin DBS : Interior
Although the cabin design is almost identical to the DB11 on which the DBS is based, the interior is filled with high-quality materials. Safety tech and convenience features are also lacking compared to the more common luxury cars. The seat itself is nice and low and there is enough adjustment to get into the correct driving position. Aston Martin equips the DBS with an 8.0-inch display that runs a rebranded version of the Mercedes-Benz COMAND infotainment software. Bluetooth and onboard navigation are standard, although Apple CarPlay is not offered. A nine-speaker audio system is standard, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium setup is available as an option. Finally, Aston Martin equips a three-section digital instrument cluster to display vehicle and entertainment information.
2018 Aston Martin DBS : Engine
The twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 engine produces 715 horsepower and drives the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Aston Martin DBS 2018 encounters some curvy roads, and the DBS is rewarding – albeit difficult – to drive fast. Driving is cohesive on uneven pavement, but don’t expect the same level of refinement as a Mercedes-Benz S-class. The DBS doesn’t fuel particularly efficiently, but its 22 mpg highway fuel economy rating from the EPA puts it ahead of competitors like the Ferrari F8 Tributo (19 mpg highway) and Lamborghini Huracán (18 mpg highway).
2018 Aston Martin DBS : Safety
Not tested by DBS, IIHS, or NHTSA. Aston Martin equips some active driver safety tech, though not as much as most mainstream consumer products. The 2018 Aston Martin DBS equipment is limited to front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, and regular airbags. Fortunately, a 360-degree view camera system is also standard, and this should provide buyers with the peace of mind when navigating parking lots.