0 to 60 in 4.2 seconds
The experience: At first the gloriously green (officially known as Aston Martin Racing Green) DBS seemed too dressy and big to push around on a track. Yet as the number of laps increased, so did the size of my smile. Randy Buck, chief instructor for Skip Barber racing schools, summed it up nicely: "Possibly the biggest surprise of the group for me - fun to drive at the limit and reeking with James Bond coolness!" Who can argue with V-12 oomph, a crystal key fob, or the new, window-shaking Bang & Olufsen sound system? The entire package is ... stirring.
The verdict: The DBS is big-boned, to be sure, but debonair, devilishly well appointed, and surprisingly engaging on the track in a pleasantly old-school, break-the-back-end-loose way.