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Overview

Produced: 1967-1972, 860 produced.
Types: Saloon,2 doors,4 seats
Aston Martin DBS (1968)

First launched in 1967 the DBS featured an all new body, designed by William Towns (who later designed the AM Lagonda in 1976) which featured a distinctive four headlamp grille and a much squarer, more transatlantic shape than seen before on the other DB cars.

Originally designed to accept an all new V8 engine, unfortunately this was not ready in time for the cars launch, so it had to make do with the tried and tested DB6 engine. Due to the increased weight of the DBS body, performance dropped resulting in a 140mph top speed and a 0-60 time of 8 seconds. The DBS was eventually replaced by the DBS V8, although confusingly a single headlamp car known simply as a Vantage, was also produced alongside the AMV8 but featuring the straight six DBS engine.

Engines

CapacityConfigModelBore/StrokeCR
3995ccS6 DOHCAston Martin Alu S6 DOHC (DB4 onwards)96mm x 92mm8.9

Fuel System

TypeNumberCapacityComment
Weber3Twin-choke

Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension
F/RRack-and-pinionIndependent/Coil SpringsDe Dion/Coil Springs

Performance

Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
143 mph7.1 s15.1 s13 mpg325 bhp 5750

Brakes

FrontRearComment
DiscDisc

Dimensions

WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
8' 6"4' 11"4' 11"15' 1"6' 0" 1 (13)0' 0"

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