Aston Martin DB6 – Main Details
|Launched: 1965||Engine: Straight-6|
|Power: 282 hp (210 kW) at 5500 rpm||Torque: 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) at 4500 rpm|
|Top Speed: 241 km/h (150 mph)||0-60 mph (0-97 kmh): 8.4 s|
|Replaces: TBC||Did you know: TBC|
ASTON MARTIN DB6 – A WILDLY CONSERVATIVE DESIGN
At first blush, it seemed that the Aston Martin DB6 just couldn’t win. Introduced to the public in October 1965, the new model looked strikingly similar to the model before it. And the one before that, for that matter. Sure, it was a little bigger than the DB5 and DB4, but the overall design was still very familiar. Still, the few new styling elements that made their way to the car were deemed too radical for many of Aston Martin’s clients. Luckily, today most of us can look past these quibbles and appreciate the car for what it is: a beautiful mid-60s Aston Martin grand tourer.
As in the DB5, an inline-6 powered the Aston Martin DB6. Power was not significantly altered for this year – horsepower was still 282, while torque rose by 7 lb-ft to 295. Still, that was good enough to help raise the top speed to 241 km/h (150 mph). Not too bad, considering the car was bigger and slightly heavier than the DB5.
Wind tunnel testing revealed that the rear of the car had a tendency to lift at high speeds. This realization led to the addition of a Kamm tail spoiler, which helped the car stay planted. This spoiler, while functional, appeared to be a fashion statement as well. And it was one that many Aston fans didn’t take too kindly to. It seemed these aficionados found it too garish for a stately Aston Martin model.
Other improvements over the DB5 design were more focused on comfort than performance. For example, the wheelbase had been stretched by 9.5 cm, while the roof was raised by 5. This gave the rear-seat occupants some sorely needed space. Meanwhile, air conditioning and power steering were new comfort-oriented options.
In a production run spanning 6 years, 1,788 Aston Martin DB6s were sold, making it more popular than either of its predecessors. Apparently, people were able to get past their initial disappointment in the design. The DB6 also marked the final iteration of the familiar platform, as the car’s replacement, the 1967 DBS, would sport a wildly new design language. A convertible version of the DB6, dubbed the Volante, was introduced for 1966.
Aston Martin DB6 Wiki – Technical Specification
|0-100 km/h||8.4 s|
|0 -200 km/h||TBC|
|Max. speed||241 km/h (150 mph)|
|Max. power output*||282 hp (210 kW) at 5500 rpm|
|Max. torque*||400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) at 4500 rpm|
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Aston Martin DB6 Image Gallery
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