Aston Martin is adding a series of enhancements to its year-old DBS, including the option of a new ‘Touchtronic 2’ gearbox and a 2+2 seating arrangement.
The DBS’s new automatic six-speed transmission will be introduced as an alternative to the manual gearbox, being derived from the ZF unit that was developed for the DB9.
The automated gearbox been substantially reworked to better suit the performance characteristics of the DBS with a shorter final drive ratio and changed calibration to produce more aggressive shift timing.
A ‘Sport’ button sharpens gearshifts further and brings more dynamic throttle mapping into play. This allows the automatic DBS to match the 0-60mph time of 4.3 seconds set by the manual model.
Like the DB9, the new DBS gearbox is controlled via paddles on the wheel, while buttons on the fascia select drive, park, neutral and reverse.
’Plus 2’ option
Aston has also decided to offer the DBS with an optional 2+2 seating arrangement in addition to the original car’s two-seat layout.