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Old 09-13-2007, 11:03 AM
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she looked so hot in the casino scenes.



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Originally Posted by CGTSX2004
http://www.engadget.com/2007/09/12/j...on-martin-dbs/

So now, you don't even need the key. The transponder is built into the watch itself so as long as you're wearing it, you can start the car. Of course, the price tag for this option is pretty ridiculous but the cool-factor is pretty high for it too.
Guy walks up to other guy...points gun in his face.....says "I'm taking your car!!!!......oh and give me your watch."
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Yumchah, where was your ass while Daniel Craig was auditioning for the new James Bond

You could have been easily chosen since you knew how to drive MT
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Originally Posted by nokiaman
Yumchah, where was your ass while Daniel Craig was auditioning for the new James Bond

You could have been easily chosen since you knew how to drive MT
Well, I dunno if the movie audience would take too well a Chink James Bond.




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Well, I dunno if the movie audience would take too well a Chink James Bond.






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Post Aston Martin DBS sold out for 5 years

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The Aston Martin DBS has sold out for the next five years, a new report finds. Aston Martin has reportedly received 1,500 orders for the new DBS. According to Aston Martin, the company plans to produce 300 examples of the DBS a year, which equates to a five year waiting list.

In an interview with AutoCar, Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez said that the automaker is exploring ways to increase production in order to keep customers happy and from buying a car from a competing marque.

The backup in production could also delay future products. Production of the upcoming four-door Rapide – which is scheduled to bow in 2009 or 2010 — might have to outsourced in order to keep up with its production schedule. It's also possible that the Vanquish replacement will be delayed due to the high volume of DBS orders.
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Originally Posted by Yumchah
which equates to a five year waiting list.
Just pick up a used CGT

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I'd honestly...wait in line for 5 years if I could ever afford one. I'd literally stand there.








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i put in a deposit... i assume i should have the rest 5 years from now... haha...
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Originally Posted by Yumchah
Le pic of le watch for le Aston...

Forget the car, I want that watch!
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Originally Posted by F-C
Forget the car, I want that watch!


You'd take a watch over the car...?!?!?
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Originally Posted by F-C
Forget the car, I want that watch!
Put down the pipe.
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First Drive: 2008 Aston Martin DBS

Be James Bond at 191 mph
By Alistair Weaver, Contributor Email
Date posted: 10-18-2007

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Low, sleek and yet self-consciously aggressive, the 2008 Aston Martin DBS is the ultimate expression of the contemporary Aston Martin.

With the farewell to the hand-built Vanquish last summer, the DBS has become the corporate face of a newly independent Aston Martin. Sold earlier this year by its former parent Ford to an investment group fronted by David Richards, the chief executive of Prodrive, Aston Martin will now have to make its own way in a world where Audi, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and a clutch of small independent companies are all fighting for the attention of the new group of millionaires across the globe.

The 2008 Aston Martin DBS is the car that Aston CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez describes as "thunder and lightning." Aston Martin must achieve the prestige of Ferrari to survive as an influential manufacturer of sports cars, and that means the DBS must measure up against the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano.

A Surprising Start
For the DBS, Aston Martin presents you with a plastic controller topped with a crystal, described as an ECU — Emotion Control Unit. (Well, it'll be stainless steel and a sapphire if you actually pay the $265,000.) It slots into the center of the starter button, which then glows warmly red as the 5,935cc V12 comes to life.

This is the same Ford-designed engine featured in the DB9, still assembled by hand in Cologne, Germany. It's been slightly revised for the DBS, and the changes include a taller 10.9:1 compression ratio and a bypass valve in the intake track that opens at 5,500 rpm to admit more air into the engine at peak rpm. The upshot of this is a 60-horsepower hike in power from the DB9's 450-hp calibration to 510 hp at 6,500 rpm. The torque output remains unchanged at 420 pound-feet, available at 5,750 rpm.

The deep, rich tone from the V12 engine is instantly familiar, now a signature of Aston Martin. Reach out for the shift lever of the six-speed manual transmission (an automated sequential manual will be available later), and slot into 1st gear. The shift action is heavy, as you would expect from a rear-mounted transaxle required to process so much power, yet it's precise and manageable, while the clutch action is light and linear. The DBS might be powerful, but it's not intimidating.

This is a surprise. Since the DBS's first appearance in Casino Royale, the 2006 James Bond film, and then its official unveiling at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance, Dr. Bez has been telling anyone who'll listen that the DBS would be a raw-edged road racer. But you'd never believe it after driving this car, as the use of an active suspension with five-way electronically adjustable dampers delivers a low-speed ride that's dramatically better than that of a DB9. Aston's engineers also quietly admit that they've learned a lot about filtering out unwanted road noise in the marque's all-aluminum chassis, so it's no wonder the DBS improves so much on the DB9.

Delving Deeper
Aston has indulged in some weight-conscious engineering for the DBS. The trunk lid, hood and front fenders are now made from carbon fiber, helping the DBS shave some 176 pounds from the bonded all-aluminum body structure it shares with the DB9, so now it weighs 3,737 pounds. A shorter final-drive ratio of 3.71:1 also accentuates the feeling of speed built into the DBS.

If you look at the raw performance numbers recorded by Aston Martin, the DBS falls a long way short of the Ferrari 599. Whereas the DBS cracks 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds on the way to a top speed of 191 mph, the 611-hp Ferrari manages 3.7 seconds to the same benchmark and a top speed of 205 mph. But this is rather like saying that one Bond girl is marginally prettier than another.

In the real world, the DBS feels hugely rapid. Helped by all that torque, the Aston pulls cleanly from very low rpm — 30 mph in 6th gear is no problem — before the revs build with a crescendo of increasing ferocity, making a subtle change in pitch as the bypass intake performs its trick at 5,500 rpm. The rush of power is so smooth and so linear that it's easy to find yourself hitting the rev limiter at 6,800 rpm.

Aston collaborated with Brembo to develop a brake system with ceramic rotors for the DBS. The front rotors measure 15.7 inches and have six-pot calipers, and the 14.2-inch rear rotors use four-pot calipers. The use of the lightweight rotors reduces weight by 26.5 pounds, and they work exceptionally well, providing strong, consistent performance with a pleasing amount of feel.

Getting the Bends
The DBS achieves that neat trick of feeling smaller and nimbler the harder you push it. The steering is much better than a DB9's. It's lighter, more precise and more communicative, allowing you to place the car with greater confidence. Our only criticism is a rattle through the steering column that afflicted all the test cars we tried.

The electronic damper system is controlled by a switch on the center console and offers both Normal and Track modes. The car will then automatically select an appropriate setting from within these parameters. As a result, the DBS can combine a supple low-speed ride with aggressive damping on smooth high-speed surfaces. It works well, but the settings sometimes feel too different, so you end up fidgeting between a setup that's marginally too soft and one that's uncomfortably firm. Might an interim Sport setting solve this problem?

This criticism, though, should not be overstated. The DBS deserves its place in the supercar club.

The Aesthetics
In many ways, the DBS's appearance is proving its most controversial aspect. According to Marek Reichmann, the car's designer, "The DBS is the evolution of the DB9 into a true performance car. It's like taking an athlete who's already good at what they do and sticking them in the gym for even longer, getting them really toned. It's about conveying the passion of power."

To convey this passion, Reichmann has lowered and widened the DB9's silhouette and added all manner of swoops, scoops and slashes, including a large rear aero diffuser. Most, no doubt, have an aerodynamic benefit and they give the car a more aggressive attitude, but the overall effect has — whisper it — a whiff of the aftermarket. You can't help thinking this is how an upmarket tuner might have reinterpreted the DB9. For a company that has stated its desire to make art cars with an understated elegance, the DBS is a surprising volte-face.

Within the cabin, the swooping curves of the fascia are instantly familiar from the V8 Vantage and DB9, but the switchgear on the center console is new. Simple rotary knobs, silver buttons and a joystick replace the chaotic control ergonomics of the DB9, although the multifarious buttons still require some acclimatization before you know what they're about.

In Europe, customers are offered handsome and immensely comfortable sport seats made from carbon fiber that weigh 10 pounds less than the standard items. But they can't accommodate an occupant sensor and therefore fall afoul of U.S. airbag regulations. Instead, North America must make do with the standard chairs, which are bulky enough to consume precious cabin space, especially for tall drivers.

The DBS is designed strictly for two, with the cubbies behind the front seats supplementing the useful trunk. If you want to increase the car's practicality further, you can even order a bespoke saddle that straddles the transmission tunnel and houses all manner of modern detritus. Nice.

Up to the Challenge?
About a thousand or so people have preordered the $265,000 2008 Aston Martin DBS, so it's already a success, a measure of the dramatic increase in sales the company has experienced over the last few years.

The DBS is also the best car that Aston Martin makes (alongside the V8 Vantage, of course): intriguing, capable and charismatic. This augurs well for the company's future. But the question lies in just how far the present Aston Martin formula can take the company in its bid for ongoing desirability against companies like Ferrari.

The 2008 Aston Martin DBS is some kind of high-water mark in the company's fortunes so far, yet we'll all be watching to see if the company can continue its remarkable resurgence without the financial support of Ford.
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looks very good. 6MT makes it even better.
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Originally Posted by afici0nad0
looks very good. 6MT makes it even better.
No offense, dude...but like, that's the understatement and statement of year.
















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^ OMFG.

I just watched that video about 6 times.
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you know, you could just return the engagement ring and use that to start the DBS fund.
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^ STFU. I'm asking her on Friday.
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Okay...7 times now.
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Originally Posted by Yumchah
^ STFU. I'm asking her on Friday.
haha... congrats and Yummy...
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1'23.9.... that's pretty sweet!
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As fast as a Zonda...? Beyond sweet. Like I said in that other thread, I'd take an AM over the Reventon.



Then again, I've already established that I'm beyond help here. So, quiet y'all.
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sorry but you have issues
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Look man, at least I have the Reventon avatar.
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Lovely pic of the day...

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Saw 'Casino Royale' last night ... good movie ... but the AM was awesome. The sound that engine makes ... heavenly. Will watch the Top Gear when I get home. Damn firewall at work!
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^^dont watch top gear.

Jeremy basically states you are a moron for buying a DBS because the Vanquish is actually faster(DB9?) and you are paying over $20k more for a body kit etc.

The DBS is a work of art. Perfect in every form.
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I hope it fits in my Stocking!!!!
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^^dont watch top gear.

Jeremy basically states you are a moron for buying a DBS because the Vanquish is actually faster(DB9?) and you are paying over $20k more for a body kit etc.

The DBS is a work of art. Perfect in every form.
Not quite. Jeremy was griping about it for dramatics (as per usual)...but, if you watch him at the end when he's talking to Hammond, he says the DBS is the best car he has driven so far this year...

The DBS is perfect...like ALL Aston Martins.
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I hope it fits under my tree!
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Exclamation Spied: Aston Martin DBS Volante (convertible)

From Leftlanenews...

The first Aston Martin DBS Coupes haven't even been delivered to customers yet, and already we have shots of the soft-top variant (likely to be named the Aston Martin DBS Volante). The convertible was spotted just as the sun was setting in northern Sweden.

While the steel roof will be replaced by a canvas top and the layout of the side windows will differ from those of the DBS, all other body components will be identical to the Volante’s coupe sibling.

To ensure a top-speed beyond 190 mph, the same 6.0-liter 12-cylinder engine as in the coupe will power the convertible. 517 bhp and a torque of 420 pound-feet will accelerate the car from standstill to 62 mph in just a friction over four seconds. The price is expected to be just a friction below 300,000 Euros.
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thats not right!! how much time is on that parking meter!!!!!!!!!
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So, it's proven...an Aston Martin is the PERFECT car. It can even survive in a North Pole-like environment...






Aston Martin = Greatest car on the planet...evar.
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