Aston Martin has revealed two new variations on its original limited-production DBS Carbon Black edition introduced in 2009, each adding a touch of color to the original mix. The 2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition and drop-top 2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Carbon Edition take the exclusive packaging theme to an even higher plane, augmenting the extra detailing and lightweight supplemental body bits with the choice of Flame Orange or Ceramic Grey as well as the basic Carbon Black, which will carry over. Another change for the coming season: Buyers can pass on the standard seven-layer paint process that includes 25 hours of hand polishing to a mirror-rich finish in favor of Aston's first-ever factory satin lacquer exterior that provides a silk-like texture.
Completing the exterior, the 2012 DBS Carbon Editions are a warm-black grille insert, carbon-fiber mirror covers and rear-lamp accents, smoked taillight lenses, unique 10-spoke gloss-black diamond-turned wheels with a reversed diamond turned or optional full-gloss-black finish and brake calipers in base black or yellow, orange, red or grey as options.
Hand-finished and taking 70 hours to complete, the elegant interiors on the 2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Editions are done in obsidian black or Maranello orange semi-aniline leather and get a hand-laid carbon-fiber dash onlay. Coupe models also feature a quilted leather headliner, but both variants get carbon-fiber tipped magnesium alloy shifter paddles for the Touchtronic II automatic transmission and a unique carbon fiber special edition sill plaque with a laser-etched metal inlay.
The 2012 Aston Martin Carbon Editions will go on sale worldwide starting early next year. Expect prices to start around $288,000 for the Coupe and about $303,000 for the Volante at current exchange rates.