Does anyone know if there are any differences between the 2009, 2010 and 2011 DBS? I'm getting ready to order a new 2011 DBS but started thinking I could save a lot of money by getting a used DBS like the 2009 etc.
I know that the DB9 did receive significant suspension changes for 2011 so if I went that route I might as well go with the 2011.
Any thoughts between the 6 speed or the automatic?
I think you can not go wrong with an example from 07-08 with a manual transmission. Further more buying it 1-2 years from now would give you a very, very good deal.
Yes, the DB9 got significantly better in the chassis and the suspension department though out it's life (04-11), but somehow I doubt that the DBS would be anything more than a restyle in the next year or so....
Would it improve the aerodynamics and down force at high speeds...I will prejudge and say yes, to a degree.
Will the next edition be significantly different...I will say no
So it would be better to either buy an older example now, or wait until significant changes in the model range will result.
I am all for them releasing an ultimate version of the DBS in 2012-2013 (something they did with the DB7 and the Vanquish) if the event will happen, but right now I believe the best car is the older car.
For the automatic vs manual argument, I would always tell you manual is the way to go in the DBS. It was originally intended to be a manual-only.
Also the automatic Touch Tronic, while not a bad transmission at all, is quite dated. The unit on the DBS is not significantly different from the one on first generation DB9 as i remember as of right now. I also believe it is identical to the one found in later generation DB9s (starting with the 09), so I doubt it really takes advantage of the more revvy (freer breathing) engine that the DBS has. This could be one of the reasons that the auto DBS posted standing quarter mile times more similar to the second generation automatic DB9s (that share the gearbox) than to the manual DBS (shares the engine). This could be a bit too picky, but the automatic wasn't redeveloped well enough to accommodate the car, it was more of a meeting the demand thing, which quite sad given the premium over the DB9. In general the Aston auto boxes are not the best in the market.
I believe the manual will keep its value much better too.