Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition (2011) at the Frankfurt motor show

Published: 12 September 2011

There's a new Aston Martin model at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show. In fact, there are two new Astons at this year's IAA. Or we could stop dressing up the facts and admit that it's really just a special edition, the Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition, available in both Coupe and Volante forms.

I thought there already was a Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition?

No silly, you're getting confused with 2009's DBS Carbon Black. But apparently that model was a success, so Aston has followed it up with the DBS Carbon Edition. Rather than solely being available in Carbon Black paint (though that dark hue is still an option) the new Carbon Edition can also be had in Flame Orange or Ceramic Grey. Apparently there are seven layers of paint, all of which are then given a 25-hour hand polish, and if you want to complicate things you can spec a satin lacquer finish too.

What else is special about the DBS Carbon Edition?

The wheels are 10-spoke gloss black items (with either a full gloss black or reversed diamond turned finish), the brake callipers are black (but can be optioned in yellow, orange, red or grey), the grille is black, there are carbonfibre mirror casings, carbon rear light in-fills, and smoked rear lights.

Inside you get the choice of black (obviously) or orange leather, and the whole stitching and finishing process takes over 70 man hours – a machine might speed things up, no? Plus the headlining is quilted, the dash features a hand-layered carbonfibre finish, and the magnesium alloy panels have carbon tips. Finally, a special plaque lets you know you've bought the DBS Carbon Edition.

Apart from that it's standard DBS, which means great looks, a stonking 510bhp 6.0-litre V12, and the latest Garmin sat-nav from the Virage. Deliveries start in early 2012, with the Coupe costing £186,582 and the Volante setting you back £196,581, respectively £5770 and £5769 more than the standard DBS models.

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By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy

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