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Aston Martin DBS Automatic

2009 Aston Martin DBS w/Touchtronic Overview: Gotta love an Aston Martin DBS. Especially now that it has the optional Touchtronic 2 transmission. It’s a six-speed automatic replete with the facility to pull magnesium alloy, leather-trimmed paddles which are mounted on the steering column to select ratios. Or the driver can just leave it in D. There’s also a Sport mode in which the gear is held longer before shifting up and then blips the throttle to match engine revs when down-shifting. Our take: Not so long ago, the preferred option would have been a manual, but this type of transmission now offers the best of both worlds. -- Colin Ryan More in Autos: • Up to Speed: LA Auto Show news • 2008 L.A. Auto Show: Production cars • 2008 L.A. Auto Show: Concept cars • 2008 L.A. Auto Show: Green cars • 2009 Green Car of the Year finalists • Preview: L.A. Auto Show Design Challenge Aston Martin
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