TODAY let's take a look into one of my favourite cars to come from Gaydon in the UK, the home of Aston Martin. This is the 2010 Aston Martin DBS Coupe.
Sitting under that front bonnet is a huge 6.0-litre 12-cylinder engine which is capable of producing up to 380kW (510hp) at 6500 rpm and 569Nm of torque (420 lb-ft of torque) at 5750rpm.
This same engine was later used in the smaller and lighter Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
What makes this car so unique and special is that it is one of the last manual transmission cars to come not only from Aston Martin, but also from many other car manufactures.
The latest Aston Martin Vanquish and V12 Vantage S are only offered in an automatic transmission, and both Ferrari and Lamborghini have also switched to faster-shifting automated-manuals. Even the Pagani Huayra is now only available with a seven-speed sequential transmission.
The Aston Martin DBS Coupe weighs in with a kerb weight of 1695 kilograms.
This allows it to launch from 0-100 kilometres per hour in a mere 4.3 seconds, and it will keep accelerating until it reaches its top speed of around 305 kilometres per hour (190 miles per hour).
The Aston Martin DBS was officially released at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in the August of 2007, but this wasn't the first time that the public had seen the car.
The DBS featured as James Bond's hero car in the film Casino Royale, which debuted at the end of 2006.
It is most famously known in the movie for setting the world record for the most cannon rolls in a car, which was seven.
This means the car was fitted with a nitrogen cannon in order to assist with the rolls. It still holds the record today.
Some other features that this particular model is equipped with includes 20-inch, 20-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in performance tires, 'Titanium Silver' paint, double-wishbone front and rear suspension, four-wheel ABS as well as traction and stability control, xenon headlights, a premium leather interior, and much more.
You can currently pick up your own 2010 Aston Martin DBS for about $250,000 AUD plus on-road costs.
Jesse See is a teenage car enthusiast. His blogs and website can be found at www.jessesee.com
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