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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

Let’s be honest: you don’t buy a car like the Aston Martin DBS if you’re going to be particularly concerned about running costs. It falls comfortably into Group 50 insurance, emits not far off 400g/km of CO2 and so falls into VED band M.

However, as a place to put (a large chunk of) cash for a while, there are worse options. For starters, we don’t expect Aston’s flagship to be affected by the same levels of depreciation seen in the firm’s other products, thanks to the considerably lower numbers in which it is being built.

Average test economy of 15.1mpg is very respectable for a V12 GT

Furthermore, while the DBS’s list price might seem steep, it has to be remembered that this is a car with very few options to ramp the price up further. It even gets items like ceramic brakes as standard; you can easily pay north of £10,000 for them as an option in this area of the market.

It may surprise you even more to learn that the DBS’s daily running costs are less harmful to your wallet than we had anticipated. Test procedures had the usual calamitous effect on fuel consumption, of course; you’ll see single digits if you dare to take it out on a track day. But if you simply cruise down the motorway the DBS will return a steady 18mpg. That’s enough to give a usable range of almost 300 miles, despite the smallish 78-litre fuel tank – a reasonable figure for such a large-engined grand tourer.