Harry's Garage gives the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera a thorough going over
If you’re anything like me, seeing a notification informing you that Harry Metcalfe has uploaded a new video will brighten your day. On this particular occasion, we see that he’s testing something very special indeed: the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
If you’ve yet to watch the video, I do implore you to click play in the above video, for it is a wonderful insight into Aston’s premier GT. Painted in the press-release colours of red with a contrasting dark grey interior, the DBS’s aesthetics have always been the main source of its appeal - with Harry too praising the looks considerably.
Harry also gives his praise to the usability of the DBS, and the animalistic Twin-Turbo V12 engine. Unfortunately however, that’s pretty much where the good things end. Upon getting into it, while saying it’s a nice place to be, Harry couldn’t help but feel the AMG touches weren’t of the ilk required for such an expensive car. Compared to the Bentley Continental GT, the Aston’s interior isn’t quite there.
Next, Metcalfe brings criticism to the carbon brakes, which are far too immediate, giving a lot more deceleration than requested. While some may think that this is something an owner would eventually get used to, Harry did put emphasis on the fact that he’d been driving the car for a week, and hadn’t got used to it yet. I imagine this will be one of the most irritating things for people driving the DBS day-to-day.
Another thing that Metcalfe notices is just how much the traction control light flashes when you try to explore the performance. Yes, with 715bhp, you’d expect the DBS to be a bit of a handful - but with 664lb-ft of torque delivered from just 1800rpm, the slightest whiff of throttle is enough to send the rear tyres into a panic. While travelling in a straight line, this results in reduced acceleration; if it happens while traveling around a corner however, the snap of oversteer attacks the moment before the traction control catches up.
The conclusion for the DBS then is something of a mixed bag. It’s a beautiful car, and very good in many ways - but there is also a lot of things wrong with it. Somehow, I get the impression that if it were Harry’s money, he’d go for a DB11.
But what about you guys? Given the choice of buying a DB11, or a DBS for a hell of a lot more, which would you go for? Let me know in the comments.
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