Price: £70,000 (2008) – £135,000 (2011)
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More than just a bodykitted DB9 – you get more power (510bhp), less weight, adaptive damping, ceramic brakes and 20in wheels – by the time the DBS was launched for the 2008MY most of the early Gaydon quirks had been fixed. It also had the new HDD satnav that went into the ’09 DB9 and Vantage. With the new Vanquish pushing values down, the DBS looks decent value.
Early cars were all manuals, and all well specced. An improved Touchtronic 2 was introduced in October ’08, which became by far the bigger seller. Ceramic brakes need careful inspection: if they feel like sandpaper it’s likely the silicone lining will have carbonised or worn badly (a new set is almost £10k). Some cars have vibrations caused by the brake set-up, so test them on a smooth surface. The bonnet, front wings, splitter, door openings and rear diffuser are all carbon – so check carefully. On the road, make sure the different damping modes work; also the Sport button, which sharpens the throttle and Touchtronic shifts.
‘I bought one’
Simon George - ‘It’s a cracking supercar, the DBS. We bought ours in 2009 primarily for our supercar driving experience events and what a solid, reliable beast it’s turned out to be. It recently hit 55,000 tough miles, and that’s with a myriad of different drivers. It’s been just superb. Fabulous V12, excellent ceramic brakes, and it’s so bloody well screwed together. Just check the oil level every week, minimum. We didn’t and it ate its V12. An £8000 rebuild quickly followed…’