New, Lighter Aston Martin DBS to Get 20 Extra HP in 2012
We’re not here to talk finances, but the next generation of DB9 grand tourer. It will also give birth to an even more extreme DBS version, just like the current supermodel. Unfortunately, it won’t be based on the new chassis that’s expected to arrive later than 2014, but the current car's lightweight bonded-aluminum VH platform which is expected to carry over, though nearly every element will be improved upon, according to Autocar.
But what’s that supposed to mean in normal English? Well, the VH will be made considerably lighter in order to improve... everything - acceleration, braking, handling and fuel economy. The man focus for the engine will not be more power, but a reduction in weight, as 10 to 15 percent is expected to be shaved off. The end result: 400 pounds’ worth of reduction when the new car hits the scales, or about 180 kilograms.
Yet more power will also be added to the mix as the current 6.0-liter V-12 engine expected to undergo a major overhaul to not only produce more power but also produce fewer emissions. Autocar says we can expect 20 horsepower to be added, which combined with the weigh reductions, should make this one formidable supercar.
On the styling front, it’s going to be about nipping and tucking, as there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the current DBS. However, the lines will be sharper to match those of the One-77, which might become Aston’s new flagship.
The new DBS is expected to arrive toward the end of next year, possibly in Frankfurt, and will hit the market in early 2013.