In the earlier part of the last decade, the king of the Aston Martin hill was a model called the Vanquish. More muscular than the DB7 it superseded, the Vanquish was offered first with a 450-horsepower V12, and then as the Vanquish S with 514 hp on tap. The flagship model from Newport Pagnell was replaced in 2007 by the DBS, but before it went the way of the proverbial dodo, Aston offered a final run of 40 examples called the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition. And now that its successor is itself due for replacement, sources expect Aston to offer a DBS Ultimate Edition, as well.

What separated the Vanquish S Ultimate Edition from its penultimate basis were a special black paint job, an enhanced interior and – most significantly – a conventional manual gearbox to replace the maligned sequential transmission in the regular model. What the DBS Ultimate Edition might comprise remains to be seen, but sources don't expect a manual gearbox to factor into the mix.

The Ultimate Edition, then, may boil down to something largely similar to the above-pictured Carbon Black edition that, like the Vanquish special, also featured a special black paint job and unique wheels, but little in the way of powertrain or suspension upgrades. Whatever the Ultimate Edition does encompass, though, is expected to cost nearly $300,000 and limited in production to just 100 units, of which only 30 are expected to make it to American dealerships.


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      Joshua Bolden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Idk if Aston will ever be able to top the DBS in beauty. This is truly one of the most beautiful, if not most beautiful, cars on the road. Absolutely perfect, design wise.
      A. W. Lawson
      • 2 Years Ago
      Do you remember the horrible rut they were stuck in before Ford? Look at AM during the late 70's to early 90's. FoMoCo brought them back up to a "Bond worthy" auto. The Zagato looks like a plastic Nissan Z!!!
      dw666
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im saw renderings of the new AM, a AM-Engineer showed mehr during some testing with a prototype of the successor and I can promise it will be even more beautyful than the current models. Design is more evolutionary, with a lot One77 features...
      Greg
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is beautiful. I hope the next one looks as good or better.
      PeteK
      • 2 Years Ago
      According to the Aston website, the maual gearbox is the standard transmission on the DBS, so I'm not sure I get what Noah is saying by 'don't expect a manual gearbox to factor in the mix'. Aston has always been cool about having a manual option on their entry-level and top-tier cars (one-77 excepted).
      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      ....hmmmm okay, Aston can barely sell 100 DB9 in the last 18 months and they want to up the price and only offering special paint? Those cheese DUB wheels do nothing either. Aston, get your acts together or you won't be around for long.
      Ben Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      they all look the same! the "new" one is going to look like this one and it took AM 20 years to get this point! ever see AMs from the 90s? wow theyre quite ugly.
      Jason Allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Aston's having timeless beauty and style can't justify the lamness of these 'special' cars when compared to the non-'special' version and when compared to other companies who really do make changes to the powertrain when making something more special. The flagship has black-er paint and special-er wheels, awesome!!??!! Aston Martin=pep boys style make over I'd love to love AM still but I just can't anymore. Maybe Jeremy's unjustifiable blinders-on adoration is affecting my judgement, but I stand by it. :)
      Carbon Fibre
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical business greed move to weed out as much as possible to advance to the next model.
      wanderlust
      • 2 Years Ago
      I predict jaguar will demolish AM now that they aren't forced to submit by ford.
      mazeroni
      • 2 Years Ago
      The DBS would be great but I'd still have the V12 Vantage. Smaller, cheaper and just as powerful.
        Pininfarina
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mazeroni
        Unfortunately Vantage looks like a little dweeb next to the properly proportioned DB9/DBS.
          Vien Huynh
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Pininfarina
          And I dont think Aston make the Vantage look ugly either, it just personal preference here, no need to say something like that
      • 2 Years Ago
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