Aston Martin has announced that fewer than 500 examples of the most powerful production car to wear the famous winged badge will enter production, with each carrying a price tag north of £300,000.
Called the ‘DBS 770 Ultimate’, power comes from a reworked 5.2-litre V12 that churns out 759bhp – 44bhp more than the standard car. The extra grunt comes courtesy of a 7% increase in turbo pressure, changes to the air and ignition pathways, and tweaks to the power and torque curves.
As a result, the British supercar can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 3.2 seconds in coupe form and reach a top speed of 211mph. Of the 499 cars earmarked for production, 199 of these will be soft-top Volantes (£337,000) and the remainder hard top coupes (£314,000), with every single one getting unique sill plaques.
Power is sent to the rear axle via a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission, with this said to benefit from a “unique transmission calibration to enhance shift speeds and driver interaction”. A limited-slip differential joins the fray, too, although the ceramic braking system is carried over unchanged.
A “more precise connection with the road” comes courtesy of a solid mounted steering column, while a 25% stiffer front end provides “maximum performance, feel and response”. Thickening the rear undertray also raises torsional stiffness by 3% for “perfectly balanced driving dynamics”, it is claimed.
Visually, the look of the ‘DBS 770 Ultimate’ is intended to increase air flow to the radiators and divvy up greater visual road presence. This is achieved via the clamshell bonnet which features a ‘horse-shoe’ engine vent and a new front splitter that integrates a pair of new outboard vents.
Carbon fibre features extensively, while Volante and Coupe models wear 21-inch multi-spoke wheels that are available in one of three finishes and come wrapped in Pirelli’s super sticky ‘P Zero’ performance tyres.
Inside, ‘Sports Plus’ seats trimmed in full semi-aniline leather and Alcantara incorporate a ‘fluted’ quilt and perforation pattern as standard. Performance seats can also be selected as an option.
Roberto Fedeli – the Chief Technology Officer at Aston Martin – said: “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,” added Fedeli.
Aston Martin has launched the ‘DBS 770 Ultimate’ as a swansong to the car, and also to form part of the company’s 110th birthday celebrations. The first deliveries are expected to begin in the third quarter of this year, with every single example having already been accounted for.