Few words stand the hairs on the back of an enthusiast’s neck quite like “twin-turbo V12”. And when they’re as powerful and good-looking as the Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate – the brand’s most powerful production car ever – little can control the excitement. So good is the DBS 770 Ultimate that it sold out before we even heard of its existence, and if you have to ask how expensive it is, you probably can’t afford it.
While cars like the Aston Martin V12 Vantage are more our style (little car, big engine) the idea of a ‘Super GT’, or a car that can slingshot you around the country in the blink of an eye, is hard to argue with. In the case of the DBS 770 Ultimate, the turbo boost is upped to reach the magical figure of 770PS, however, it’s the driving characteristics and changes to the chassis that interest us the most. An array of vents, splitters, and ducts that are exclusive to the Ultimate grab the eye.
The last swansong for the magnificent DBS, the 770 Ultimate will be available in both Coupe and Volante form, and is built in strictly limited numbers – 300 Coupes and 199 Volantes – which bodes well for those looking to hold onto this as a collector car of for the future, while reserving the car for the brand’s top clients.
Of course, the highlight of the final DBS is Aston Martin’s quad-cam 60-deg 5.2-litre V12 engine. Thanks to a 7% increase in turbo boost pressure, the car now develops 566kW (up 33kW) at 6500rpm and a tidal wave of torque (some 900Nm) from just 1800rpm. A 0-100km/h time isn’t disclosed by the brand, however, the top speed of 211mph is nothing to snuff at. The same ZF 8-speed transmission remains, with power sent to the rear wheels via a limited-slip differential.
For the driver, a solid mount steering column replaces the factory unit for a more direct feel at the front axle. This combines with a stiffer front end, 25% stiffer to be exact, that creates a well-mannered car with plenty of feedback. This increase has been achieved with an enhanced front cross member, and thicker rear undertray, which also increases global torsional stiffness by 3%.
Inside, a bespoke trim split has been introduced, with contrast colours linked to welt and stitching, along with a tailor-made strap and buckle badge featuring a laser-etched DBS 770 Ultimate logo found on the centre armrest. Carbon Fibre Gearshift paddles are also fitted as standard. Outside, an array of carbon components have been fitted, including a 2×2 Twill Carbon Fibre Cantrail, Windscreen Surround, Mirror Caps, and Fender Louvre as standard. The unique 21-inch wheel design takes inspiration from the Valkyrie and Victor.
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“When an iconic model generation reaches the end of production it is important to mark the occasion with something special. In the case of the DBS 770 Ultimate, we have spared nothing in ensuring the final version of our current series production flagship is the best ever in every respect. Not only is it the fastest and most powerful DBS in our history, thanks to a comprehensive suite of improvements to the transmission, steering, suspension, and underbody structure; it is also the best to drive,” said Aston Martin Chief Technology Officer, Roberto Fedeli.
Production of the DBS 770 Ultimate is due to commence in Q1 of 2023, with the first deliveries scheduled to begin during Q3 2023.
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