The new Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate is set to be the brand’s most powerful production car ever, and if you were keen to own one, too bad because all 499 examples sold out before most of us even knew it existed. Why? Something about a twin-turbo V12 and being the last iteration of the DBS line.
The “current-generation DBS” range is expected to receive a huge overhaul in the next 12 months with the DBS 770 Ultimate being the swansong. Now it’s not as powerful as the Valkyrie, but that is a hypercar and far more bespoke, but it is the most powerful series-production model from Aston Martin.
The 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 capable of 566kW and 900Nm, which is up 33kW from the previous version thanks to the 7% increased turbo boost pressure and revised “air and intake pathways.” It sends power to the rear through a retuned eight-speed automatic transmission and mechanical limited-slip differential. Its top speed is no higher than the regular DBS at 340km/h and 0-100km/h hasn’t been disclosed.
Of the 499 examples, 300 are Coupes and 199 are Volantes which almost ensures their status as future collector’s item, although pricing hasn’t been revealed to anyone but those who were invited to purchase.
Aston Martin claim that it has added an “enhanced” front cross member and a thicker rear undertray that is supposed to have improved the car’s torsional stiffness by 3% and improve front-end lateral stiffness by 25%. A new damper calibration and software tune has been added to the adaptive suspension in addition to a solid-mounted steering column for improved steering response and feedback. How this feels in practice, no one knows just yet as these aren’t going to be delivered until Q3 2023, so we have only Aston Martin’s word to go by.
The wheels are unique 21-inch alloy available in satin black, satin silver, or a two-tone satin black and metallic finish. The tyres are Pirelli P Zero 265/35 R21 on the front and 305/30 R21 on the rear. The carbon-ceramic brakes are the same as the standard DBS measuring 410mm up front and 360mm in the rear.
The exterior does look different from the standard DBS with a far more aggressive body kit, a “horseshoe” vent on the bonnet, a new front splitter (with an unchanged grill), a new rear diffuser, and larger carbon-fibre side skirts.
For the interior, buyers choose between the Sports Plus seats trimmed in quilted semi-aniline leather and Alcantara, or the track-focused performance seat with a carbon-fibre back.
There are greater customisation options though the Q by Aston Martin program that offers exclusive liveries, carbon-fibre steering wheels, body-coloured wheels, carbon-fibre and leather seat inserts, and trim inlays.