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The easiest way to tell the DBS and DBS V8 apart is by the wheels. Only the six cylinder cars came equipped with wire wheels fitted with a 205HR15 tyre, of which the PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ is the only classic tyre with a suitable speed rating. The extra power of the V8 necessitated the fitment of stronger alloy wheels fitted with a 225/70VR15 Avon, this tyre size is also available in a Michelin XWX.
|The Aston Martin Vantage (sometimes called AM Vantage), introduced in May 1972 took over from the DBS, powered by the same six cylinder engine as the DBS. A two headlamp front grille was introduced (instead of 4) with an updated grille and wire wheels where re introduced with the earlier cars fitting a205HR15 Avon textile (we now have the 205VR15|
PIRELLI CINTURATO ™ also). This car, even though called a Vantage, was actually slower than the DBS V8 that preceded it! The V8 Version fitted the 225/70VR15 Avon, this tyre size is also available in a Michelin XWX.
The picture above shows the 205VR15 CN72 CINTURATO ™ HS tyre that PIRELLI put into production in 1964, which is perfect for the Aston Martin DBS. On either side of this tyre are more modern 70% profile tyre sizes that are often fitted by mistake. On the left is a 205/70VR15, which is far too small in diameter, and on the right is a 215/70VR15 which is closer in dimensions and would also be a good tyre for the Aston Martin DBS. Some cars that fitted the 205VR15 CINTURATO ™ changed to the 215/70VR15 tyre when the low profile tyre was developed at the beginning of the 1970's.
Aston Martin DBS History
The William Towns designed DBS was available from 1967 until 1972, at the time the Aston Martin DB6 was still in production.
This 2 door, 4-seater began life with the same engine used in the DB6. In standard tune this 282bhp engine could propel the Aston Martin DBS to a top speed of 140mph. Vantage spec was available as a no cost option giving a claimed 325bhp. A new V8 engine was supposed to power the vehicle, but it was not ready until 2 years after the launch of the DBS.
The DBS did not achieve outstanding performance figures because of its weight. A mere 800 (ish) examples of the DBS with the six-cylinder engine were produced.
Eventually, in 1969, the V8 version became available called the DBS V8 Series 1. The engine was a new twin-cam V8 that was capable of producing almost 350 horsepower. This increased the DBS's top speed to an acceptable 160 mph!
In total only 405 examples of the DBS V8 were produced from 1969 through 1973. From 1973 the car was re named simply as the Aston Martin V8 and continued in production for twenty years.
Production of the AM Vantage lasted for a little over a year with only 70 examples being produced.
Aston Martin DBS Wire Wheels
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