Throughout its 110-year legacy of exclusive British automaking, Aston Martin has never been known to do things quietly. That pretty much sums up the Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate, a vehicular coda to their second generation of DBS models that also happens to be its most powerful series-production car yet.
This was made possible by iterative engineering tweaks to the twin-turbo, 5.2-litre V12 that now murmurs under the hood of the DBS 770 Ultimate, modifying “air and ignition pathways” to squeeze out a further seven per cent in maximum turbo boost pressure.
The resulting uprated engine pumps out 770PS (or 759hp), hence the vehicle’s name. It’s a fair margin more than the 715hp that comes with other DBS cars, though performance metrics released by the brand suggests that it doesn’t really translate to outright speed – the DBS 770 Ultimate sprints to 100kmh in 3.4 seconds, while topping out at 340kmh.
Essentially identical to standard DBS specs, though we’d daresay they’re more than enough to make the hairs on the back of any self-respecting gearhead’s neck bristle with anticipation.
And bristle they did, since every single example of the limited-edition run – featuring 300 coupes and 199 volantes, which is what Aston Martin calls their convertibles, in all – have already been snapped up before launch.
It isn’t only the engine that has seen work, after all. Enhancements are present across many aspects of the vehicle’s design, including better steering response and feedback via a solid mount steering column, a special gearbox for quicker shift speeds, and a stiffer front cross member to boost the car’s performance feel.
Bespoke design elements have also been incorporated – how would others on the road know you’re driving a DBS 770 Ultimate otherwise – including a new front splitter with two outboard vents on the hood, a novel rear diffuser, and various carbon-fibre design touches scattered within and without the car.
The two-door is further distinguished by the unique 21-inch multi-spoke wheel design, itself an homage to the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Victor. The former takes the cake as the brand’s first-ever hypercar and most powerful vehicle to ever roll out of its Gaydon factory in England – yes, it’s even more powerful, though it was rather more limited than the DBS 770 Ultimate too.
Production of the Aston Martin DBS 770 Ultimate will commence before the end of March, with first customer deliveries starting in the third quarter of 2023.