LA 2008 Live: Aston Martin DBS with Touchtronic 2 6-speed automatic

  • “¢  Don’t know manual? Don’t worry – you can still by an Aston Martin DBS.
  • “¢  6.0L V12 engine with 510-hp.
  • “¢  Touchtronic 2 6-speed automatic transmission.
  • “¢  0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds; top speed comes in at 191 mph.

So you don’t know manual but you have enough money to buy an Aston Martin DBS? Don’t bother learning stick now because Aston Martin has now introduced (well they actually introduced it at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, this is just the U.S. debut of the model), the option of a Touchtronic 2 6-speed automatic transmission derived from the same ZF transaxle unit used in the DB9. The transmission features a final drive ratio from 3.15:1 to 3.46:1. That means it offers quicker acceleration time, improved performance and still offers the performance of a 6-speed manual.

Oh, and there is no gearbox. You can just select Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive from the dashboard next to the key-fob insert. Pulling either of the leather-trimmed magnesium alloy paddles mounted on the steering will activate Touchtronic mode.

Aston Martin has also added additional features including a new Bang & Olufsen audio system and lightweight 10-spoke 20-inch forged aluminium wheels. Our favorite addition? You can now swap out the rear storage and get rid of the 2+0 arrangement with two rear-seats for 2+2 seating.

Aston Martin DBS with Touchtronic 2 – Live from 2008 LA Auto Show: