Aston Martin DBS
Aston Martin DBS Tyres
- The 6 cylinder Aston Martin DBS from 1967 to 1972, like the series 2 DB6 fitted either 815V15 Avon Crossply tyres or 205 WR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN72 tyres.
- The Crossply Avon is no longer manufactured. As Aston fitted Crossply Avon at this point, people often mistakenly think they fitted Avon radials, but that wasn’t until later.
- Avon do also make a 205 R 15 Avon Textile tyre with a lower speed rating for a Rolls Royce Shadow 1. We would say stick with the original Pirelli Cinturato.
- An Aston Martin DBS with wire wheels also requires inner tubes, and Longstone suggests the Michelin 15/17H inner tube as the best option.
- Pirellis period tyre pressure recommendation for the original radial tyre on the Aston Martin DBS6 is 35psi for both front and rear.
Aston Martin DBS V8 Tyres
- In 1969 when Aston Martin fitted the V8 to the DBS they changed from 6” wire wheels to 7” Alloy wheels.
- The DBS V8 also fitted more modern low profile tyre technology by Pirelli and fitted a GR70VR15 Cinturato.
- GR/70VR15 classic tyres are the same as a 225/70VR15 tyres.
- Today Michelin make a 225/70 WR 15 Michelin XWX which has a W Speed rating, and is period to the DBS V8 from 1969 to 1972.
- Avon also make a 225/70 VR 15 Avon ACR3, but it is a later tyre and is only capable of a V speed rating.
- The early alloy wheels of the Aston Martin DBS V8 should be fitted with inner tubes. We suggest 15/17H13 Michelin inner tubes.
- For more information on inner tubes, see our inner tube guide.
- Set of 2 215/70 VR 15 & 2 225/70 VR 15 Michelin XWX
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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 7” alloy wheels fitted with GR/70VR15 Pirelli Cinturato Tyres. This tyre size is now available as a 225/70-15 Tyres.
The Aston Martin Vantage (sometimes called AM Vantage), produced from May 1972 until 1973 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 were reintroduced, with the earlier cars fitting a 205VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CN72. This car, even though called a Vantage, was actually slower than the DBS V8 that preceded it!
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 1970s.
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 renamed 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.
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DBS Aston Martin Tyre FAQ
A: The first DBS6, basically carried on from the DB6 series 2 and fitted either 8.15 Avon Crossply tyres, which are no longer made, or as a radial alternative the radial tyre by Pirelli 205VR15 Cinturato CN72. In 1968 when Aston developed the DBS V8 they fitted wider wheels and all the DBSV8 cars fitted radial tyres GR/70VR15 Pirelli Cinturato.
A: Yes. The DBS 6 cylinder model fitted wire wheels. All wire wheels should fit inner tubes. The Early Alloy wheels that were fitted to the DBS V8 also need inner tubes, they were originally fitted with GR/70VR15 Pirelli Cinturato.
A: Only the crossply tyres were Avon. If you wanted a radial tyre on your DB6 or DBS then they came fitted with Pirelli Cinturato CN72. Then the V8 version from 1969 came fitted with Pirelli Cinturato radial tyres as standard.