With a roaring, 715-hp V-12, the 2022 Aston Martin DBS is so quick that passersby will have hardly any time to appreciate its carefully sculpted sheetmetal as it rockets into the distance. Aston Martin claims its top speed is 211 mph, but the DBS is more easily enjoyed at slightly less illegal speeds, say, cruising down the Monte Carlo Coast or idling up Rodeo Drive. Rivals such as the Ferrari 812 Superfast or the McLaren 765LT offer sharper handling and track-ready capability. But drivers who are instead attracted to a posh interior and Bond-esque styling will find the DBS best satisfies their supercar fantasies.
What's New for 2022?
The DBS drops Superleggera from its name for 2022, although not much else has changed. A new 21-inch wheel design is available and the DBS can now be ordered with pre-configured interior themes called Create, Accelerate, and Inspire, each one with a unique look and feel. Those seeking a more bespoke interior will still find a seemingly endless list of options and features that can accent the DBS's cabin.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
We think the open-air experience of the soft top Volante convertible is the one to get. Aston Martin offers a plethora of customization options for the DBS, so we challenge you to create a distinct look that'll help the car stand out at concours car shows in 50 years.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
With a claimed zero-to-60-mph time of 3.2 seconds for the coupe and a 211-mph top speed for both coupe and convertible, the DBS is a monstrously quick touring car. A twin-turbocharged 5.2-liter V-12 engine makes 715 horsepower and drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic; mash the gas pedal and the DBS takes off like a Saturn V rocket. Encounter some twisty roads and the DBS is rewarding—if challenging—to drive quickly. The ride is compliant over rough pavement, but don't expect the same level of refinement as in a Mercedes-Benz S-class.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Like other high-powered exotic sports cars, the DBS isn't particularly fuel efficient, but its 22-mpg highway fuel-economy rating from the EPA puts it ahead of rivals such as the Ferrari F8 Tributo (19 mpg highway) and the Lamborghini Huracán (18 mpg highway). We haven't had the chance to test the DBS's fuel efficiency on our 200-mile highway fuel economy test, but if we ever do, we'll update this story with results. For more information about the DBS's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The DBS is a grand-touring sports car and as such comes standard with plenty of luxuries to make your trip comfortable. Leather-wrapped power-adjustable sports seats with heat and memory settings are standard. The cabin can be styled with several different types of trim, including open-pore ash wood, carbon fiber, or satin-finished chrome. We aren't sure how many carry-on suitcases will fit inside the DBS's trunk because, unfortunately, we've not had one in our office for testing. But Aston Martin will sell you a four-piece custom luggage set that's even color-matched to the interior of your specific car.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All DBS models come with an 8.0-inch infotainment display with navigation, as well as Bluetooth phone and audio streaming connectivity. The infotainment interface itself is a lightly reskinned version of Mercedes-Benz's COMAND software; a click wheel and touchpad are provided on the center console to navigate the menus, and it's a fairly intuitive system overall. A nine-speaker stereo is standard, but buyers can upgrade to a Bang & Olufsen setup.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
As far as driver-assistance features are concerned, Aston Martin offers few such items on the DBS. For more information about the DBS's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard front and rear parking sensors
- Standard 360-degree exterior camera system
- Standard airbags and electronic stability control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
As a boutique automaker, Aston Martin offers a unique warranty package that consists of a straight three-year protection policy that doesn't expire at a specific mileage. Buyers of the DBS will be stuck paying for their own dealer maintenance visits, however, as the brand offers no complimentary scheduled maintenance policy as standard.
- Limited warranty covers three years with unlimited miles during that time period
- Powertrain warranty covers three years with unlimited miles during that time period
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance