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Aston Martin DBS

Aston Martin DBS

Bearing in mind its previous cars had all been curvaceous and nimble, the DBS came as a bit of a shock to Aston Martin's loyal fans. The new car was built to American principles, meaning it was big, bold and brash. Powered by a 4.0-liter (244 cu in) straight six, or latterly a 5.3-liter (326 cu in) V8 engine, it offered phenomenal performance, but was based on the chassis of previous Astons, meaning it felt dated compared to many contemporary performance cars and could prove tricky to handle in the wet. The huge weight didn't help either, giving terrible fuel economy and taking away much of the car's sportiness. As for the styling, you either loved it or loathed it. In profile, it resembled an American muscle car, and those used to their understated, elegant Astons were shocked by the new car's uncompromising appearance.

Aston Martin DBS Specifications

Top speed:160 mph (256 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):5.9 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:325 ci (5,340 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:320 bhp (238 kW) at 5,000 rpm
Max torque:360 lb ft (488 Nm) at 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,800 lb (1,710 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.3 km/I)

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