Following on from the success of the Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black, presented in 2009, the 2011 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition will be available in two new colors including Flame Orange and Ceramic Grey together with the existing Carbon Black. Every Aston Martin DBS will undergo Aston Martin's original paint workflow receiving seven layers of paint together with a 25 hour hand flat-and-polish finish resulting in a glass veneer normally the reserve of jewellery production. A first for Aston Martin is the feature to specify a satin lacquer paint finish, creating a silk-like texture.
The Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition features 10-spoke gloss black diamond turned wheels with a reversed diamond turned or full gloss black finish as an feature. Complementing the wheels, black brake callipers will be provided as traditional with yellow, orange, red or grey as an feature. Harmonising with the look finish is a warm black grille, carbon fibre mirror heads, carbon back lamp in-fills and smoked back lights creating a Aston Martin DBS specification like never before.
The cosseting and inviting dashboard of the coupe plays host to the familiar swathes of obsidian black or maranello orange semi-aniline leather. This type of leather is more natural looking and softer to touch. The dashboard of a Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition will take in excess of 70 man hours to hand stitch and finish.
On the Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition coupe, the headlining is quilted in leather providing a premium envelope to the cab. Immediately distinguishing the Carbon Edition from a traditional Aston Martin DBS is the carbon fibre facia with a carbon weave that has been positioned exactly to follow the form of the dash. Only by hand can the fibres be laid to create a perfectly aligned weave.
While it's true that each Ferrari is high-tech by definition, it's equally true that in the course of the Prancing Horse's history, certain vehicles have marked a genuine departure from the current range. This is very much the case with the Ferrari 458 Italia, which is a massive leap forward from the company's previous mid-rear engined sports vehicles.
The new model is a synthesis of style, creative flair, passion and cutting-edge technology, characteristics for which Italy as a nation is well-known. For this reason Ferrari chose to add the name of its homeland to the conventional figure representing the displacement and number of cylinders.
The Ferrari 458 Italia is a completely new vehicle from each point of view: motor, layout, aerodynamics, handling, instrumentation and ergonomics, just to name a few.
A two-seater berlinetta, the Ferrari 458 Italia, as is now conventional for all Ferrari's road-going vehicles, benefits hugely from the company's Formula 1 experience. This is particularly evident in the speed and precision with which the vehicle responds to driver inputs and in the attention focused on reducing internal friction in the motor for lower fuel consumption than the Ferrari F430, despite the fact that both overall displacement and performance have increased. However, Ferrari's track experience makes its presence felt in the Ferrari 458 Italia not only in terms of pure technological transfer but also on a more emotional level, because of the strong emphasis on creating an almost symbiotic relationship between driver and vehicle. The Ferrari 458 Italia features an high-tech driving environment with a new kind of helm and dash that is the direct result of racing practice. Once again input from Michael Schumacher - who was involved from the very start of the Ferrari 458 Italia project - played an invaluable part.